Under questioning, a shooting suspect repeatedly denied involvement—then broke down and confessed.
Police said the 25-year-old suspect, nicknamed “Banks,” made his confession last week after a 35-year-old was shot in the foot.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman:
On April 9, police responded to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where a man had shown up with a gunshot wound to the foot.
The man told cops that he had been given drugs to sell by a man known as “Banks.”
“The drugs got wet so he wasn’t able to sell them, give them back or get money for them,” Hartman said. “He said they drove to a darkened corner on Fairmont Avenue, when Banks ordered him to get out of the car. [The victim] said he tried reasoning with Banks, but failed. He said they both got out. Then Banks pointed a gun at him and shot him in the foot. He said Banks took off and he limped away before getting a ride to the hospital.”
Street Interdiction Unit Officers Louis DeCrescenzo and Ryan Macuirzynski knew Banks from their time on a Fair Haven beat. They knew his real name, where he lived, and they learned that he was wanted on drug warrants.
That night, police found Banks at his home on Ferry Street and arrested him on the drug charges.
“Officers Macuirzynski and David Stratton interviewed [Banks],” Hartman said. “They told him he’d been fingered as the man who’d shot [the victim]. After several times denying he was in any way involved, the officers reported he became emotional. After a short break, [Banks] returned to the interview room and confessed to shooting [the victim].
Cops arrested Banks for first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, having a weapon in a car, reckless endangerment, and unlawful discharge of a gun.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
Katz Responds, Twice: Office Nicholas Katz responded to two shootings on Saturday, April 12. The first was reported at 7 p.m. at Edgewood and Winthrop avenues. A 23-year-old had been shot at the tip of his left index finger. He told cops he’d struggled with a man who tried to rob him.
Nearly, three hours later, at 9:53 p.m., Katz responded to a report of gunfire at Chapel and Day streets. He found a 17-year-old who had been shot in the butt. The victim said he thought he had been shot by one of two “chubby” men riding by on bikes.
Hennessy & Pineapple Juice: At 2:27 a.m. on Saturday, Officers Eric Pesino and Richard Gonzalez responded to a report of a car crash on Norton Parkway. They found a 25-year-old woman standing in the middle of the street, screaming.
“The car she’d been driving, a Mitsubishi Galant, was located on a nearby sidewalk on its remaining three wheels,” Hartman said. The woman “said the car belonged to a friend. The officers determined she struck three other cars before hopping the curbstone. The officers smelled the pungent odor of alcohol beverages on [her] breath.”
The woman told cops that she had come from a bar on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden. where she’d been drinking Hennessy and pineapple juice. She told them she was on her way home.
When cops tried to test her sobriety, the woman “reacted unpleasantly,” Hartman said. “She let out a stream of insults that were racially charged.”
“Once at the DUI testing room at the department’s detention center, [the woman] spit in the face of Officer Gonzalez. She was donned with a “spit shield” (a mesh mask that prevents someone from spitting at others) and continued on her tirade. She refused to perform any of the sobriety tests and was arrested. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, interfering with police, assault of a police officer, drinking while operating a motor vehicle and disorderly conduct.”