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Bridgeport Man Busted With Two Stolen Guns In Car — With Child, 6, Along

Ismael Mangual
Ismael Mangual Photo Credit: Milford Police Department

MILFORD, Conn. — A 41-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested with two stolen guns in his car during a traffic stop in Milford late Thursday — and he had a 6-year-old child along who was not in a car seat, police said.

At 11:15 p.m. Aug. 31, the Milford Police Tactical Narcotics Unit was on an anti-crime patrol near the Howard Johnson Hotel at 1052 Boston Post Road when they noticed suspicious activity in a vehicle driving out of the parking lot.

The car was stopped for motor vehicle violations on Boston Post Road near I-95's Exit 39, police said.

The driver was identified as Ismael Mangual, of 11 Wake St., Bridgeport. A 6-year old child was sitting in the rear seat with no car seat or seat belt, police said.

During the investigation, detectives found two stolen handguns inside the vehicle, police said. One of the stolen handguns was in the rear seat under the feet of the 6-year-old child, police said.

Mangual is charged with weapons in a motor vehicle, two counts of theft of a firearm, two counts of criminal possession of a firearm, risk of injury, two counts of violation of a protective order, failure to insure a motor vehicle, improper use of registration plate, failure to renew registration, operating a motor vehicle without a license and transporting a child without a restraint system.

Mangual was held on $250,000 bond to appear in Milford Court on Sept. 1.

The Department of Children and Families took responsibility for the care of the child, police said.

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