(Bridgeport, CT – June 26, 2013) – A man suspected in a June 9 homicide in the P.T. Barnum housing complex was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with murder.
Bridgeport Sgt. Jason Amato, who is assigned to the State Police Gang Unit, received information that Dean Burdell, 33, was observed walking into an apartment in Building 10 in the housing complex. Burdell was being sought on various narcotics charges and also wanted for questioning in a recent killing of Marquis Jacobs, 36, of Bridgeport. He was found suffering from a gunshot wound near Building 11 in the complex earlier this month.
Upon notifying Sgt. John Andrews, who drafted the narcotics warrant for Burdell, members of the Detective Division, including Detectives Dennis Martinez, Robert Winkler, James Borrico, Michael Fiumidinisi, Chris Borona and Sean Ronan met at a prearranged location and formulated a plan to apprehend the suspect.
Upon conducting a briefing, and learning that suspects in the apartment were alerted to the presence of police officers, a decision was made to forcibly enter the apartment to take the suspect into custody.
Upon entering, numerous individuals ran into different rooms in an attempt to destroy narcotics and were subsequently taken into custody without incident.
Six people were arrested, including Burdell. A search warrant was also obtained later in the evening to conduct a more detailed search, resulting in additional seizures.
Upon being transported to the Detective Bureau, Burdell provided Detectives Martinez and Winkler with a videotaped confession to the homicide. Burdell was additionally charged with murder and detained on an additional $500,000 bond.
“This cooperative effort resulted in the seizure of a considerable amount of narcotics and the arrest of a homicide suspect,” said Capt. James Viadero. “The officers should be commended for their actions.”
In addition to Burdell, police arrested the following people: Julian Bradford, 20, of Stephens Road; Lillian Bradford, 47, of Stephens Road; Ray John Hicks, 19, Dean Edmonds, 20, both of the P.T. Barnum complex and a juvenile. They face a range of narcotics and other charges.