BB gun arrestee to be charged in fatal Bridgeport accident
The man responsible for leading Trumbull police officers on a hour-long manhunt back in February that led to burglary and weapons charges will be arrested in connection to a fatal accident that happened in Bridgeport Monday, April 18, according to Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez.
A warrant is being prepared for Geraldo Maldonado, 20, who police said was being pursued in a high-speed chase when his car crashed into a SUV driven by 22-year-old Seymour resident David Anderson.
Police said the impact from the collision flipped Anderson’s vehicle, and the he was thrown from it onto the pavement.
A report said Anderson suffered severe injuries to the head and died at Bridgeport Hospital.
The crash took place at the intersection of Barnum Avenue and Pembroke Street, according to the report.
Back on Feb. 2, the Trumbull Police Department responded to a burglary attempt at a Sunnycrest Road home around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, which resulted in a hour-long manhunt through Old Town Road in Trumbull and into the Chopsey Hill Road area in Bridgeport.
The chase resulted in several Trumbull schools being locked down that morning.
Maldonado, who was 19 years old at the time of the incident, was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, interfering with an officer, and criminal attempt at burglary in the first degree.
Maldonado was arrested close to his home on Forestview Road in Bridgeport following the lengthy foot pursuit and could face additional burglary charges, according to Trumbull Police Lt. Leonard Scinto.
“The suspect faces numerous charges for this incident and an investigation will be conducted to determine if he is responsible for other recent burglaries,” Lt. Scinto said in a press release.
Lt. Scinto added that during the pursuit, Maldonado was carrying a handgun, which he dropped when confronted by police. He then continued running south towards the Merritt Parkway, while several Trumbull and Bridgeport officers, as well as K9 units, responded to the area.
Police said the weapon that was dropped in the chase ended up being a BB gun.
Maldonado was freed on a $50,000 bond following his arrest by Trumbull police and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, May 3, on those charges.
Bridgeport police does not consider Maldonado to be a flight risk, Perez said, even though he fled the scene of the accident Monday.
A report said he was caught that night, attempting to hide in a pile of sand.