Police Log July 7-July 13: Self-stabbing, fake gift cards and heroin
The Trumbull Police Department made the following arrests between Tuesday, July 7 and Monday, July 13:
Trespass and larceny
A Bridgeport man turned himself in on outstanding warrants for larceny in the fifth degree and criminal tresspassing in the first degree at police headquarters at 8:20 p.m. Monday, July 13.
Police said Victor Noel Diaz, 24, stole $765 worth of merchandise from the Solstice Sunglass Boutique in the Trumbull Mall on June 8. An employee called mall security, who recognized Diaz as a frequent shoplifter, police said.
On June 9, Diaz returned to the mall and entered H&M, where he has a lifetime ban stemming from a previous shoplifting incident. An employee at H&M called mall security, and police were notified.
A tresspassing warrant was issued for Diaz for entering H&M and a larceny warrant was issued for the theft at Solstice, police said.
Diaz was held on a $15,000 bond and will appear in court Wednesday, July 22.
An Edmond Street man was arrested for disorderly conduct and threatening in the second degree at his home at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, July 11.
Police said Eric Sastram, 49, threatened to punch his mother during a domestic dispute over money. Although no physical contact was made, Sastram’s brother did confirm to police that a threat had been made at the residence.
Sastram was processed and released on a $500 bond with a promise to appear in court Monday, July 13.
A Shelton woman was arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and larceny in the fifth degree at the Westfield Mall at 3:31 p.m. Thursday, July 9.
Police said Gina Garamella, 25, stole $978 of merchandise from Lord & Taylor where she was caught and apprehended. Police said they were notified of the incident by mall security, and a search revealed that Garamella was in possession of three envelopes of heroin, one Xanax pill, one Oxycontin pill and eight packets of Suboxone.
The search also revealed Garamella was in possession of a snorting device.
She was processed and released on a $500 bond with promise to appear in court Thursday, July 16.
A Springwood Drive man was arrested for disorderly conduct, two counts of risk of injury to a minor, assault in the third degree, threatening in the second degree and reckless endangerment in the second degree at police headquarters around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9.
Police said Juan Zuluaga, 42, stabbed himself three times in the abdomen following an argument with his girlfriend.
According to a report, Zuluaga lives with his girlfriend and her two children, and during the argument she had sent the kids to their rooms. While the couple argued, she made the kids pizza and was preparing to bring it into their rooms when Zuluaga grabbbed her forcefully and took a knife from the plate she was carrying.
He used the knife to stab himself. The children were not harmed, police said, but they did see Zuluaga stab himself.
Police said Zuluaga was intoxicated during the incident.
He was transported to the hospital, where he was released into police custody.
He was held on a $100,000 bond and appeared in court the next day.
Fake gift cards
A Bridgeport man was arrested for larceny in the fifth degree, credit card theft, illlegal use of a credit card, and 13 counts of forgery in the third degree and 13 counts of criminal simulation.
Police arrested Lawrence Spivey, 24, after he went into the Best Buy at the Hawley Lane Mall and attempted to purchase $989.02 with a fraudulent gift card.
According to a report, Spivey waited at the store’s cash register to buy a computer and acted suspiciously. He attempted to pay for the product with a Visa gift card, but the card failed the store’s blacklight test.
Spivey left the store, but employees were able to get his license plate. Police found him driving near the store and arrested him. In his vehicle, police found 13 other fraudulent gift cards.
He was processed and released on a $5,000 bond with a promise to appear in court on Friday, July 17.
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