Man faces gun charges in aftermath of domestic incidents
Published 3:44 pm, Monday, May 12, 2014
An Old Stratfield Road man has been charged after police said he failed to turn over all his guns as required after a domestic violence incident last December.
Blake Warner, 30, was arrested last Friday at Bridgeport Superior Court on two counts of possession of an assault weapon, and one count each of criminal possession of firearms and violation of a protective order. He was held on a $200,000 bond.
Police began a search for the weapons -- a Saiga AK47-style with a flash suppressor with the stock removed, a fully loaded .12-gauge shotgun and a Beretta .9-mm handgun -- after receiving a tip. Warner allegedly refused to sign a firearms compliance form, indicating that he had complied with the order to relinquish any guns he owned. The three guns were found in a crawl space behind a chimney in a house where Warner had access, police said.
Warner was first arrested in December after a fight with his wife turned physical. A neighbor reported hearing a woman yelling, "Just shoot me!" and "You could have killed me!" When officers arrived, they found a loaded gun with a 15-round magazine on the kitchen table. Warner allegedly pushed his wife to the floor during the argument, while she was holding her 1-year-old son. At that time, that gun, along with another .9-mm and a .45-mm were seized by police for safekeeping. He has no weapons registered in Connecticut, though he did have a valid gun license issued by the state of Florida.
He was arrested again April 30 on a charge of first-degree strangulation. At the time, he was in court to answer a charge of violating a protective order, and was released on a $100,000 and was fitted with a GPS bracelet. Warner was arrested on the protective order violation on April 24, after it was discovered he had stayed at his wife's residence while she was out of town.