Man shot in abdomen, hospitalized
A 45-year-old man was shot Saturday night, Jan. 5, on Barnum Avenue.
Officer Pasquale Speranza and other officers went to the area of Barnum and East avenues at 9:30 p.m. on a report of shots fired and a person wounded.Police found the victim, Julio Castro, who lives on Barnum Avenue, standing next to a telephone pole and being held up by a friend. Castro was taken to Bridgeport Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
A friend of the victim said the two had been together at a nearby market. They split up briefly, with Castro heading back toward his house. A few minutes later, the friend encountered Castro, who yelled that he had been shot. The friend told police that Castro told him that he was shot in an attempted robbery. Detectives were working to corroborate that account.
State marshals help police arrest robbers
Police got an assist from three off-duty state marshals after a man attempted to rob a convenience store early Sunday, Jan. 6.
Officer William Brooks was sent to the Cumberland Farms at 2525 East Main St. at 8 a.m. on a report of a robbery in progress with security personnel holding down the suspect.
The security personnel ended up being state marshals. Rondell Williams, 30, of Rainbow Road and Naquisha Campbell, 25, of Trumbull Avenue were arrested.
State Marshal Charles Valentino told police stated he was waiting in the area for other marshals to go to a firing range when he noticed a car pull up a few houses away from the store. Williams got out and peered in the store window as if seeing who was inside. He then returned to the car and the driver pulled around the corner and parked. Williams then walked back to Cumberland Farms.
Believing the store was about to be robbed, Valentino called police and sent State Marshals Joseph Felner Jr. and Harry Ackley Sr. to the business. They found the two employees inside fighting with Williams. The marshals entered the store, took Williams to the ground and handcuffed him. Police also took Campbell into custody around the corner.
According to the employees, Williams attempted to steal four cartons of Newport cigarettes.
He was charged with third-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny and two counts of third-degree assault. Campbell was charged with two counts of conspiracy. Bond for both was set at $25,000.