Man in Maspeth gives alias after getting pinched on gun possession charges

He tried to run from cops and his past, but he couldn’t get away from either.

A Sunnyside man arrested in Maspeth early Sunday morning on a weapons possession charge allegedly tried to physically assault officers and later gave them a false identity to apparently hide from his criminal record, according to police.

Officers from the 104th Precinct observed the suspect — 35-year-old Jose Cales of Greenpoint Avenue — crouching near the wheels of a tractor-trailer parked on 56th Drive and 58th Road at about 2:45 a.m. on Sept. 27.

According to police, Cales was wearing a ski mask and a red hooded sweatshirt while appearing to be concealing something in the sweatshirt pocket.

When the officers moved in to stop and question Cales, authorities said, the suspect ran and led police on a brief pursuit, during which he was allegedly seen throwing something to the ground.

The officers caught up to Cales in front of a location on Maurice Avenue, where, police noted, he allegedly took a swing at one of the officers and flailed his arms in an apparent attempt to avoid arrest. The suspect was eventually placed in handcuffs.

During a search, police located the item that Cales allegedly dropped: an unloaded 9 mm handgun.

According to the criminal complaint, Cales was taken to Wyckoff Hospital for an examination and told police that his name was Jason Ortiz, but later admitted that was an alias.

Police noted that Cales previously served time in prison after being convicted of a second-degree burglary charge in Brooklyn in 2006.

Cales was charged on Sunday with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, attempted assault and false personation, and was ordered held without bail at his arraignment.

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