UPDATED — Twin Brooks Park attack jolts community

The beating and attempted robbery of a 60-year-old man in Twin Brooks Park Saturday has town officials with safety in the park, with both First Selectman Vicki Tesoro and the Trumbull Police Dept. commenting on the incident. 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.

According to reports, a 60-year-old Trumbull man was walking along the sidewalk toward the wooded area of the park about 2 p.m. when he was attacked by three unidentified assailants. The man said an older gray car with a large rear spoiler drove past him. A short time later the car drove back toward him and stopped, and a young male, possibly about 18-22 years old, approached him and, without saying a word, punched him on the head, knocking him to the ground. Two other males exited the vehicle and began kicking the victim and demanding money as he lay on the ground.

The victim told them he did not have money with him and they pushed him into the road before they drove off towards Franklin Street, he said. The victim, who was not seriously injured, was able to get a partial license plate for the car as it drove off, police said.

On Monday, Captain Keith Golding issued a statement urging residents to take precautions when walking or jogging in town. Golding suggested residents walk with a partner when possible, avoid secluded areas, carry a cell phone and flashlight, and to remain aware of their surroundings. In addition, residents should report any suspicious activity to police, he said.

Tesoro on Monday said her heart went out to the victim and his family.

“Public safety is my number one priority and, while crimes like this are rare in our community, they will not be tolerated,” she said. “We will not rest until the perpetrators of this reprehensible act are arrested.”

Tesoro said the Police Department was following up on several leads, including possible video footage of the vehicle. Police also have been in contact with surrounding communities in an effort to identify the car and suspects.

She also urged residents to report anything they may have seen to the police.

“Let’s all work together to keep Trumbull safe,” she said.

Trumbull police are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to contact the Trumbull Police Department directly at 203-261-3665 or via the anonymous and confidential tip-line at trumbull-ct.gov/policetips.