Trace convinces suspect to lie down
A 19-year-old thought better of bailing from a stolen vehicle when confronted by K-9 Trace and his partner, Mark Martocchio.
On Feb. 26, Martocchio was on patrol when he spotted a 2013 Nissan Rogue that was listed on the daily stolen car sheet. The vehicle pulled into a gas station at Park and Wood avenues and the driver exited and walked toward the gas pump. He returned to the sport utility vehicle after seeing police.
He tried to drive off, but Martocchio blocked him in and exited the squad car with his K-9 Trace. The driver, Phillip Silas of Kelsey Street, started to bail out of the car but stopped when he heard the dog barking.
The officer gave a verbal command to get on the ground or the dog would be released.
“Silas looked over his shoulder and decided to lie down on the ground as requested,” Martocchio said.
There were no injuries, the stolen car was recovered and Silas was charged with first-degree larceny. His bond was set at $20,000.
Police find assault suspect, knife in garage
A 32-year-old man was charged Feb. 28 with assaulting a woman who had rebuffed his romantic advances.
At 2:17 a.m., Officer Daniel Paz was sent to a gas station in the 1300 block of Noble Avenue for an assault victim. He found a 23-year-old female victim with cuts to her hands. She told Paz and Officer Michael Divila that she was watching television with a friend in her room when the assailant kicked in the door and attacked them with a knife.
All three work together and live in the same multi-family house.
As police and medics tended to the woman, who had defensive wounds to her hands, Officers Ean Smith and Roberto Quintanilla and Sgt. Robert Magnuson went to the location of the assault at 1251 Noble St. They found the male victim, 31, who gave the same account as the female victim.
After some searching, the officers found the suspect, Pedro Ciriaco-Cantu, 32, hiding in a rear garage. He was placed under arrest and then showed police where he hid the knife.
The suspect was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.
The female victim declined transport to the hospital. The male victim was taken to Bridgeport Hospital.