Sep 4, 2015 10:55 AM

Man in custody after firing rifle outside Red Arrow diner in Manchester

MANCHESTER - Police have arrested a man they said fired multiple shots outside the Red Arrow diner early Friday morning after an argument with a former girlfriend. No one was injured.

Jonathan Santos, 28, has been charged with simple assault, but police say additional charges may be coming following further investigation.

Police say they were called to the popular downtown diner just after 2 a.m. and officers heard what sounded like gun shots then saw a dark-colored vehicle speeding away on Chesnut Street.

Police located and spoke with a 26-year old woman who told them she was the intended target of the gunshots and that she had argued with Santos, her ex-boyfriend, beforehand. She said he had pushed her against the building and then gone back to his vehicle on Lowell Street and removed a rifle. She ran back to the restaurant but said she heard at least two gun shots.

Other witnesses told police there were people on the street at the time of the alleged incident and fortunately no one was struck by a stray bullet. Another witness reported seeing a man, believed to be Santos, standing at the top of Chestnut and Lowell streets holding an AK-47 style long gun. The witness claimed to have heard upwards of six gun shots.

The female victim, Arayelle Wheaton, 26, was arrested on a bench warrant and transported to police headquarters.

Santos was located inside of his vehicle parked in the visitor parking lot of police headquarters after Wheaton was arrested. He was taken into custody. The rifle was recovered at his Celeste Street home at approximately 9 a.m. while officers executed a search of his home.


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