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Police: Violent felon found semiautomatic pistol in Stamford

December 14, 2018

STAMFORD — City police say they busted a violent felon trying to sell a gun Thursday night.

Capt. Richard Conklin said officers in the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad heard that a man named “Yaya” was trying to sell a dark-colored handgun on Spruce Street between Smith and West Main streets.

Conklin said they notified patrol officers that they were looking for Yahya Qawi, 49, who changed his name in prison from Pedro Broady, who was known to police with nine felony convictions.

Officers spotted Qawi in front of 72 Spruce St. around 8 p.m. Thursday. They told him to remove his hands from his pockets and ordered him to get on the ground. Conklin said Qawi admitted having a gun in his backpack.

The gun, a Hi-Point Firearms 9mm pistol was taken out of the bag as well as a magazine loaded with eight bullets, Conklin said. Conklin said the magazine was not in the gun when it was found.

Conklin said Qawi has five robbery convictions. Conklin said most of the crimes included elderly victims. He has also been convicted of burglary, first- and second-degree assaults and escape.

“He has a very checkered and violent past and spent 15 years in jail for one armed robbery,” Conklin said. “These convictions paint a picture of a very, very violent repeat offender who was in possession of a 9 mm weapon with a loaded magazine. The officers did a great job in arresting and taking that threat out of the community.”

Qawi was charged with criminal possession of a pistol and is being held in lieu of a $100,000 court appearance bond.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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