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Man with pellet rifle arrested near Obama route

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BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Police in Connecticut say they arrested a homeless man who was shooting at cans with a pellet rifle not far from President Barack Obama's motorcade route.

Bloomfield police say Joseph Stravinskas was found in a wooded area on Monday, shooting at cans with a rifle. Police say he initially refused to drop his rifle, but he eventually did and was arrested.

The arrest came after the president arrived at the University of Hartford to argue for new gun control legislation. Bloomfield police say the arrest is unrelated to Obama's visit and occurred before the president's motorcade left the university following his speech.

The 27-year-old Stravinskas is charged with breach of peace, threatening and interfering with police. He was arraigned in Hartford on Tuesday and is in custody, unable to post $15,000 in bond.

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