Detectives following up on a woman’s brutal attack smelled a fib—and determined that her boyfriend, not a stranger, was guilty of a violent episode of abuse.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
Just before 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Officer John Kaczor responded to Yale-New Haven Hospital to investigate an assault. Nurses took him to the emergency department’s trauma room, and told him they were treating a patient who had arrived by ambulance from a home on Norwood Drive. The 21-year-old woman had been severely beaten and stabbed.
Minutes later, a 24-year-old man arrived at the hospital and said he was the victim’s boyfriend. He told Officer Kaczor that he had been at his mother’s house on Norwood Drive when there was a knock at the front door.
“He said he answered it and saw his girlfriend standing there, barely conscious, and badly beaten,” Hartman said. “He said he helped her inside. He said she told him she’d been jumped while ‘up the street.’ He said he sat her on the floor at the top of the basement staircase and went into another room to phone 911. While there, he said he heard a ‘thump,’ hung up the phone, went to where he’d left [her], and discovered she’d tumbled down the staircase to the basement floor. He said she was unconscious and he tried reviving her by slapping her face.”
An ambulance arrived and took the woman to the hospital, the man told Kaczor.
“Officer Kaczor requested the involvement of the Investigative Services Division, prompting a furthered investigation by Detectives Daniel Sacco and Michael Torre,” Hartman said. “They arrived and were told the victim wasn’t able to speak. [The boyfriend], on the other hand, was, and was asked to accompany them to Police Headquarters for an interview.”
When the detectives “questioned the truthfulness” of the boyfriend’s story, he stopped talking. Police took his bloody clothes as evidence and gave him a Tyvek suit to wear.
“Meanwhile, interviews with [the victim’s] family members, painted a story of chronic domestic assaults and disputes,” Hartman said. The couple often slept in the driveway of the home on Norwood Drive, which belongs to the boyfriend’s mother. She didn’t want them inside because of her son’s heroin addiction.
Detectives secured a warrant and searched the boyfriend’s basement bedroom at the home. “They found blood-spattered walls and other evidence of a vicious attack,” Hartman said.
Relatives interviewed by cops said they had been in the house and had heard heard the fighting, but didn’t check on the couple or call police when the noise stopped.
Police arrested the boyfriend on a charge of first-degree domestic assault. The investigation is ongoing and could lead to other charges.
The boyfriend tried to harm himself while in police custody. He was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, where he remains under police guard.
The victim was in stable condition, with non-life threatening injuries.
State police arrested the owner of Lombard Motors tow company on Jan. 14 on charges of larceny and illegally altering a Vehicle Identification Number. Both Lombard’s and Anthony’s towing, which is owned by the arrestee’s father, have both been suspended from the city’s towing list, along with the state police tow list, the Milford tow list, and the AAA tow list, according to Hartman.
Hartman said the state police’s auto-theft task force executed a search warrant at the two towing companies in August of last year and found a stolen car and a stolen motor.
The New Haven Police Department Pre-recruitment drive continues with the second of 10 information sessions to be held on Friday, 25 January, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, Room N100A.
Information on the preparatory session can be obtained by contacting the NHPD Training Academy at 203-946-6309.