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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Hartford Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gun Possession

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALVIN CRAWFORD, also known as “Nardy,” 34, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to one count of possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 2, 2018, Crawford, holding a yellow plastic bag, exited a car and ran from Hartford Police in the area of Rockville Street in Hartford.  Crawford ignored verbal commands to stop running, threw the yellow bag over the fence, scaled the fence, picked up the bag and continued to run.  Officers apprehended Crawford on Westland Street shortly after he had dropped the bag.  A search of the bag revealed a Taurus .38 Special revolver and five rounds of ammunition.

Crawford’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, violation of a protective order, and assault in the second degree.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Crawford has been detained since his arrest.

Judge Hall scheduled sentencing for March 7, 2019, at which time Crawford faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

This matter is being investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated December 11, 2018