Bristol woman arrested after bringing brass knuckles to courthouse

Published on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:58


BRISTOL - A city woman was arrested Tuesday after showing up to the local courthouse with brass knuckles.

Kristen Poland, 26, has been charged with one count of carrying a dangerous weapon.

Poland on Tuesday, at about 10:37 a.m., showed up at the courthouse, at 131 North Main St., and put her purse through an x-ray machine at the security checkpoint in the entrance. There, a judicial marshal noticed a set of brass knuckles in the bag, according to the state police report.

When asked about the brass knuckles, the report said, Poland said she knew they were in the bag but wasn’t aware that it was illegal to have them. She was detained by the marshals until a state police trooper could respond to the court to arrest her.

Poland was held on bond overnight and arraigned Wednesday.

“Ma’am, do you know they’re illegal?” Judge John Cronan asked Poland.

“She does now,” Alfonzo Sirica, Poland’s attorney, responded.

Poland, of 40 Matthews St., was released on a promise to appear, and her case was continued to Feb. 6.

According to judicial records, Poland did not have a pending criminal case when she went to court on Tuesday.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:58. Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:01.