Fugitive wanted in NY attempted homicide found hiding under clothes in Hartford basement, official says

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HARTFORD — A fugitive who police say shot someone in New York City during an argument over a parking space was found hiding under a pile of clothes in the basement of a city home on Tuesday, a U.S. Marshals spokesperson said.

Jason Bernard, 41, was taken into custody on a fugitive from justice charge, according to Matthew Duffy, a supervisor with the U.S. Marshals Service. He will be awaiting extradition to New York to face attempted murder charges, he said.

According to Duffy, Bernard shot a person in the leg on Nov. 4, 2020 during a dispute over a parking spot on Troy Avenue in Brooklyn. The victim survived.

Bernard took off, and eluded detectives by changing his appearance and using fake names while on the run, Duffy said. With help from Hartford police, law enforcement tracked him to a house owned by his childhood friend on Stone Street in Hartford’s Southwest neighborhood, Duffy said.

He was found in the basement of the house, hiding under laundry, he said.

Police also arrested the friend, Michael Bembridge, on suspicion of providing several false statements, Duffy said. Bembridge was taken into custody on a charge of hindering prosecution, he said.

Both men were processed at the Hartford Police Department, Duffy said. 

In addition to Hartford police, Connecticut’s U.S. Marshal Violent Fugitive Task Force worked with regional fugitive task forces from New York and New Jersey on the case, he said.

Christine Dempsey may be reached at Christine.Dempsey@hearstmediact.com.