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Man Who Triggered M.D. FOX Closing Arrested

HARTFORD — A 30-year old man was arraigned today after allegedly causing mayhem that led to the closing of the M.D. Fox Middle school yesterday.

Daniel Quinonez, 30, was charged with criminal possession of a pistol, carrying a pistol without a permit, attempted first-degree assault and machine guns.

In Superior Court this morning Judge John Cronan set  Quinonez’s bond at $1 million.

Yesterday M.D. Fox Elementary School at 470 Maple Ave.  was closed for the day because  of police activity in the vicinity of the school. Parents were  advised and students were removed from the school.

The Quinonez  melee began when police received a call at 4:17 a.m. reporting an armed robbery at a Mobil gas station and convenience store on Washington Street. Not long after that call,  officers  spotted a man fitting the description of the robber at the Mobil station on Whitmore Street, police said.

When the officers tried to stop the man, the man opened fire and fled the scene, police said.  No officer was injured.

In court today,  Quinones was described as a “prime suspect” in the gun robberies.

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