Cops Catch Boy’s Bedtime Assailant
by Staff | Jul 18, 2012 4:56 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
When a 12-year-old boy refused to go to bed before his bedtime, his mother’s boyfriend flew into a rage, choking him and punching him in front of his 2-year-old sister before fleeing the apartment.
That happened on June 12, according to police. Cops arrested the man on Tuesday.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
On June 12, cops reported to a house on Dixwell Avenue, where a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother met them and described an assault. The boy told cops he had been in the apartment on a computer when his mom’s boyfriend asked why he wasn’t in bed. The boy replied that his bedtime was 10:30 p.m. and it wasn’t yet 10 o’clock. The man yelled profanities at the boy and demanded he get off the computer.
“His verbal attack grew into a physical one,” Hartman said. “The boy said he was choked by [the man] to the point his vision became blurry, punched twice in the eye and thrown across the room into a wall, and then onto the bed. All of this was allegedly perpetrated in front of the boy’s 2-year-old sister, whom officers found alone in the apartment, after [the man] fled through the back door.”
The boy was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Police arrested the 35-year-old man Tuesday on charges of risk of injury to a child, assault in the third degree, and strangulation in the third degree.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
Drug Arrest: At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Officers John Kaczor and Alex Morgillo spotted a wanted man on Quinnipiac Avenue near Foxon Boulevard. They pulled over his tan sedan and found he had a plastic bag of Clonazepam in his pocket. They arrested him on warrants for violation of probation and failing to appear for a court date, along with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and failure to keep narcotics in their original container.
“Pooty” Gets 7 Years
In the latest sentencing from the fall 2010 take-down of the R2 gang, Devante “Pooty” Fortune, who’s 20, was sentenced to 87 months in prison and four years of supervised release for selling crack.
Fortune was one of dozens of people arrested in 2010 following an extensive wiretap investigation by the FBI, DEA, and New Haven and Hamden cops. Police targeted the R2 gang, which was allegedly running a crack ring centered in Newhallville. Prosecutors have charged 47 people in the bust, many of whom have pleaded guilty.
On March 30, Fortune pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.
Police announced Wednesday that they will be setting up a sobriety checkpoint at State and Wall streets on Friday. The checkpoint will commence at 6 p.m. on Friday and continue until 2 a.m. on Saturday.