Stamford man charged after stolen guns, drugs found in 2 abandoned cars he had keys for

STAMFORD — A city man was allegedly hoarding stolen guns and a stash of drugs inside two cars abandoned in an apartment parking lot on Stamford’s West Side, according to police.

Jonathan Gomez, 32, was arrested on numerous felony charges Tuesday following a brief car chase around the parking lot of the Southwood Square apartments.

Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, police tried to serve numerous search warrants on Gomez and two abandoned cars that they said were being used to stash weapons and drugs.

When officers arrived, they saw a car approaching the two suspect vehicles and attempted to detain the men inside, Gomez and a second individual, Capt. Richard Conklin said.

The two tried to evade police but were quickly boxed in, Conklin said. Gomez “violently resisted” arrest and injured his arm in the process, Conklin said.

A search of Gomez revealed two car keys, which police used to open the abandoned vehicles, Conklin said.

One car contained 20 bags, or 4.4 grams, of fentanyl, according to Conklin. Conklin said police also found three guns: a fully loaded .38-caliber revolver that was reportedly one of 111 firearms stolen from a Springfield, Mass. arms dealer in 2012; a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun with an illegal high-capacity magazine that was reported stolen from a police officer in Raleigh, N.C.; and a fully loaded .357-caliber revolver.

In the second car, Conklin said police recovered 14.5 grams of crack cocaine.

Gomez was convicted of criminal possession of a firearm and possession with intent to sell, both felonies, in November 2012.

This week, he was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of a weapon inside a motor vehicle, two counts of theft of a firearm, and a single count each of criminal possession of ammunition, possession of an illegal high-capacity magazine, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, interfering with an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

The driver of the car, a 28-year-old city man, was charged with interfering with police.

The arrests were a culmination of a weeks-long investigation by the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime unit into alleged gun and narcotics activity, Conklin said.

“This was a surgical type of strike, where you have a very dangerous convicted felon with many, many cases pending in court, who we learned was in possession of multiple firearms,” Conklin said. “Investigations like this go a long way to keep our community safe.”

According to the state’s Judicial Branch website, Gomez has six outstanding cases, including one for a July 2021 incident where he allegedly tried to rob a FedEx driver following a road rage dispute.

He is next expected to appear in court on July 12.