WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Pushy door-to-door salesmen, beware: This town can be brutal.

Vacuum cleaner salesman Ricardo Vasquez found that out after being chased by a gun-wielding homeowner whose wife refused to buy one of his machines.

Fred Banks, 53, was charged with breach of peace and his .22-caliber pistol was seized after Tuesday night's chase, police said.

Authorities said Vasquez, 37, wouldn't take no for an answer and persisted in trying to sell Banks' wife a shiny new vacuum cleaner even after she insisted she didn't want one.

Banks told police he thought Vasquez was a con artist and feared that he might be robbed.

Vesquez was charged with criminal trespass and soliciting without a permit.