WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — An 18-year-old who police say is a known gang member and convicted felon was arrested in Waterbury.
Police said Richard Laramy was arrested Monday. According to police, he was charged with weapons and narcotics violations, served a violation of probation warrant and charged with assault and firearms charges in connection with a recent shooting incident on Fairfax Street.
When Laramy was taken into custody, police said a 9mm handgun with a 30 round extended magazine was recovered.
Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said that gun is connected to 16 different incidents in the state where it was used in shots fired incidents or shootings.
“Really putting our community at risk and in serious danger. This is one of those people that we continuously talk about that we have a concern about,” Spagnolo said.
Laramy has an extensive juvenile and adult criminal history, according to police, with seven juvenile arrests and three adult arrests by the Waterbury Police Department.
According to police, Laramy was placed on adult probation for weapons-related charges as a juvenile back in 2019.
While on probation, an at-home GPS was installed, and police said it was violated numerous times. An ankle GPS monitor was ordered in November of last year, which police said Laramy never retrieved, and a violation of probation warrant was issued last December.
The reason police brought forward the officers Thursday who made the arrest is because Spagnolo wants to make it clear this happens time and time again and he said something needs to change, whether at the legislature or the judicial system. He said it is wearing out his officers.
“We need to collectively work together to figure out what we are going to do to stop this behavior from continuing,” Spagnolo said.
Representative Greg Howard is a police detective in Stonington. He said there are good diversion and preventative programs out there but some of the laws need to be restructured to keep the violent offenders behind bars.
“Recidivism is frustrating. In 20 years of law enforcement, you’re dealing with the same person over and over and over again,” Howard said. “But at some point in time when you’re talking that many arrests over a short period of time and those sort of violent crimes, that is just a danger to society and that’s where jail comes in.”
Laramy is currently in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Corrections being held on a $725,000 bond, according to police, based on warrants and charges from Monday’s arrest.