Trumbull cop credited with rescuing alleged robbery victim

The courthouse on Golden Hill Street, in Bridgeport, Conn.

The courthouse on Golden Hill Street, in Bridgeport, Conn.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

BRIDGEPORT — A Trumbull police detective came to the rescue Monday of a young woman who was allegedly being assaulted on the side of a city street.

Police said Detective Daniel Silva was driving north on Madison Avenue in Bridgeport shortly after 2 p.m. when, he said, he heard a woman screaming for help.

Silva immediately pulled his car over and spotted a man, later identified as 21-year-old Kareem Reynolds, on top of a woman on the side of the road allegedly beating her in the face and head, police said.

Police said Silva chased Reynolds, capturing him a short distance away. He held Reynolds until Bridgeport police arrived.

“This young woman was very lucky the officer came by when he did,” Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Nicholas Bove said on Tuesday during Reynolds’ arraignment hearing. “She could have suffered much more serious injuries.”

Reynolds, 19, of North Avenue, was charged with third-degree robbery.

He watched on video from his cell in the Golden Hill Street courthouse as Superior Court Judge Kevin Doyle ordered him held in lieu of $75,000 bond.

“These are serious allegations and it appears the state has a strong case,” the judge said. The judge continued the case to Jan. 5.

Reynolds had been free on bond since a September larceny arrest, according to court records.

Bridgeport police said the 21-year-old woman had been walking home from the bus stop, talking to her mother on her cell phone, when a man approached her and asked her for the time.

When the woman stopped to check the time on her phone, police said the man allegedly tried to grab the phone out of her hand. The woman resisted and was punched in the face and knocked to the ground, police said.

Police said the woman was treated by medics for her injuries.

“It was fortunate I happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Silva told Hearst Connecticut Media. He declined further comment.