Police formally announced making an arrest in the murder case of 36-year-old Nathaniel Bradley, who was found dead in the road on Ella Grasso Boulevard near Goffe Street.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon at the 1 Union Ave. station, officials discussed the arrest of a 21-year-old Fair Haven man for the Oct. 14 murder. The arrestee’s last known address was on Peck Street.
“We are here today, after having met privately with the family, to announce that we have made the arrest of the murder of Nathaniel Bradley. This department stands with the family, as we always do. The son of this family is a son of this city,” said Chief Dean Esserman. “The New Haven police brings its respect and hopes it brings some semblance of justice to this family.”
Bradley’s family chose not to speak at the press conference. The police have a practice of inviting victims’ families to headquarters after a murder arrest to offer them the chance to speak if they wish.
“They would prefer not to come out in public,” explained Esserman (at left in photo), “and we want to honor their request.”
After responding to the scene around 9:30 p.m., Assistant Chief Achilles Generoso (at right in photo) said the department immediately started a full investigation, which resulted in obtaining the felony murder warrant for the arrestee.
“The warrant for this arrest is sealed so I can’t go into detail on the arrest, other than saying that the detective division did an outstanding job in solving this horrendous incident,” said Generoso. Police anticipate making another arrest in the case.
The arrest was made possible by the combined efforts of the city’s patrol division, detectives, intelligence unit and homicide unit.
“This was a great job by all and I want to thank them personally for the job they did,” said Generoso, “and I want to extend our condolences to the family and their great loss.”