By Tiffany Williams –
At the United States District Court in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday, Charles Young, also known as “Cash,” 36, of Bridgeport, Connecticut was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea to 69 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.
Young, who has been detained since his arrest on April 27, 2022, has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon.
Officers with the Bridgeport Police Department were on December 28, 2020, on high alert following the murder of a well-known gang member on December 27, 2020.
While officers were patrolling the area of the PT Barnum housing complex in Bridgeport they observed an Audi SUV roll through a stop sign. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the SUV sped away, crashed into two cars, and both the driver, Cole Hernandez, and passenger, Charles Young, fled on foot.
Young ran eastbound on Fairfield Avenue where he was apprehended after he attempted to forcibly enter a vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light.
During a search of the vehicle, officers located and seized a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an extended and partially loaded 50-round magazine, and 50 glassine envelopes containing fentanyl.
In the passenger side door, directly in the area of where Young was seated, officers recovered a 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a mounted light and laser attachment and a fully loaded 17-round magazine on the ground next to the passenger door, again directly in the area of where Young was seated.
A DNA analysis of the seized firearms connected the .45 caliber pistol to Hernandez and the 9mm pistol to Young.
Young, who is known to law enforcement, was arrested on February 25, 2015, after he engaged Bridgeport Police in a high-speed car chase that began in Bridgeport and ended when Young crashed in Fairfield. During the chase, Young threw something from his car in the vicinity of Exit 24 in Fairfield. A search of the area revealed a loaded Glock 22 .40 caliber firearm. In 2016, Young pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of a firearm by a felon and, on May 16, 2016, was sentenced to 50 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release. In association with this incident, Young was also sentenced in state court to five years of imprisonment for violating his probation that followed a 2010 conviction for criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.