New York man rejects state offer in Greenwich home invasion cases

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

STAMFORD — A New York man rejected a state offer on Wednesday to plead guilty to invading a Greenwich home and assaulting two local residents twice on the same day in May 2019.

Under the offer, Charles Figueroa, 48, of the Bronx, N.Y., would have pleaded guilty to two counts of home invasion. In return, Figueroa had a choice between two different dispositions: a 20-year prison sentence suspended after between 10 to 15 years and five years of probation or a flat 15-year prison sentence.

“Those offers are rejected, respectfully,” Michael Fitzpatrick, who represents Figueroa, told Assistant State’s Attorney Margaret Moscati at the state Superior Court in Stamford on Wednesday.

Instead, Fitzpatrick requested a supervised judicial pretrial with a judge to seek out an alternative resolution to Figueroa’s case.

Figueroa was arrested in September 2020 and charged with two counts each of third-degree assault and home invasion for two separate incidents that happened in Greenwich on May 11, 2019.

Police wrote in the warrant that Figueroa allegedly broke into a Stonehedge Drive home twice the same day.

According to the court affidavit, Figueroa went to the Greenwich residence dressed in black and wearing body armor.

During one of the invasions, Figueroa struck another man’s face repeatedly and then pulled out a hatchet.

After being driven away from the home that morning, Figueroa allegedly returned later that evening, dressed in black again and wearing a helmet, the warrant said. During another fight, he allegedly pulled a knife and more injuries followed, the warrants stated, before Figueroa left the scene.

He was arrested by federal authorities not long afterward on a charge involving illegal possession of ammunition, according to federal court documents. He was arrested in a parking lot outside a fast-food restaurant in the Bronx on May 15, 2019, the documents said.

Figueroa has been in police custody ever since in lieu of a $1.5 million bond.

He is next scheduled to appear for a supervised judicial pretrial in September.