Police: Man attacks ex-girlfriend, tries twice to escape police

Richard Rosario, 29, of Fairfield was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly forcing entry into an ex-girlfriend’s Trumbull residence, where he assaulted her and allegedly threatened to kill her family members and shoot any officers responding to the scene, according to Trumbull Police.

Police received a call around 9:30 Sunday morning from the victim’s father, who said the woman was being attacked inside her apartment at the Eaves of Trumbull, formerly known as Avalon Gates. The victim reported that she was being assaulted and that the assailant stated he had a weapon and would shoot any officer responding to her home.

Trumbull Officers, with assistance from Bridgeport Police and the State Police, responded to the scene to set up a perimeter around the complex. As the first Trumbull officers arrived, the victim reported that the suspect had fled her apartment and was in the area. A rapid deployment of officers and an initial interview with the victim led officers to a vacant apartment in the building which was found to be locked from the inside.  While preparing to make entry, police said Rosario jumped out of a second floor rear window and fled into the wooded area adjacent to Route 25. Troopers monitoring Route 25 observed the suspect flee across the highway toward the parking lots at the end of Quarry Road and began a foot chase through the lots.  A Trumbull Officer responding to the area, observed the suspect run behind a building and attempt to climb a fence when he was apprehended by the Trumbull officer with the assistance of a State Trooper.  No weapon was found.

Due to a minor injury to his hand, Rosario was transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center for treatment. While there, he attempted to escape and was chased and apprehended once again by two Trumbull Officers within the hospital.

The victim reported that Rosario attempted to strangle her, punched her in the face several times and threatened to kill her and other family members. She refused medical attention at the scene.

Rosario was wanted on a Trumbull warrant for Violation of a Protective Order from a previous encounter with the victim.

The suspect was charged with home invasion, burglary in the third degree, Stalking in the first degree, Strangulation in the second degree, Assault in the third degree, escape from custody, Threatening in the second degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, interfering with an officer, disorderly conduct, and unlawful restraint.  Bond was set $750,000.

The outstanding arrest warrant for a previous Violation of a Protective Order was served and Bond was set at $50,000.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned in Bridgeport on Monday.