A Bridgeport man has been charged with the attack on a 60-year-old man in Twin Brooks Park Nov. 24
Trumbull Police arrested Cristofer Fuentes-Salguero, 18, of Rose Street, Bridgeport, on Dec. 3, charging him with robbery, larceny and assault of an elderly person. He was held on a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 10.
Fuentes-Salguero, who was one of three alleged assailants, turned himself in at the Trumbull Police Department after he was informed there was a warrant for his arrest.
Trumbull police said the investigation became the department’s top priority after the victim was attacked and dragged into the roadway in Twin Brooks Park.
“Working diligently on evidence collection, records searches, and collaboration with other police agencies, Trumbull police detectives were able to identify the suspect vehicle that was used and operated by Fuentes-Salguero during the incident,” Trumbull police said in a prepared release. “Descriptions provided by the victim proved to be critical information for investigators to search for and locate the vehicle and the offender.”
The investigation is continuing as police work to identify his two accomplices. Police Chief Michael Lombardo said he is confident detectives will find and arrest them.
The 60-year-old Trumbull man was attacked by three men as he was walking through Twin Brooks Park on a Saturday afternoon, according to a police report. The victim told police that he was walking along the sidewalk on Twin Brooks Drive toward the wooded area of the park at about 2 p.m., when an older gray car with a large rear spoiler drove past him. A short time later, the vehicle drove back toward him and stopped, according to a police report.
A Hispanic man, about 18 to 22 years old, got out of the car and approached the victim.
“Without saying a word, the man punched the victim in the head, knocking him to the ground,” according to the police report.
Two other young men exited the vehicle and began kicking the victim as he was lying on the ground, all the while demanding money. Police said the victim told them he did not have money with him and they pushed him into the road before they drove off toward Franklin Street.
The victim, who was not seriously injured, was able to get a partial license plate as the car drove off.
Chief Lombardo said he is very pleased with how hard detectives worked to identify Fuentes-Salguero and to bring him to justice as quickly as possible. He also acknowledged the hard work of officers who first arrived on the scene after the attack.
The victim “is doing well physically,” Lombardo said.
He urged people to be aware of their surroundings as they are shopping and walking around town and said if people see something suspicious they should call the Trumbull Police Department.
The attack was the second high-profile crime at the park in the last 18 months. Last June, a 69-year-old man was the victim of an attempted gunpoint carjacking.
Trumbull police are asking anyone who may have information about this latest incident to contact the police department at 203-261-3665 or via the anonymous and confidential tip line located at the website: trumbull-ct.gov/policetips.