(Bridgeport, CT – Dec. 6., 2013) – As we reported live as it was happening: Two people face charges in connection with an attempted street robbery Thursday in which gunshots were fired.
Officers Chris Robinson and Ean Smith responded to the 800 block of Queen Street and spoke to the victim. The victim, 38, stated that he arrived home shortly before 1 a.m. and was removing items from his car when he was accosted by two people. One threatened to shoot him.
Fearing for his safety, the victim began wrestling with the gunman. The second suspect entered into the fray and began striking the victim. The victim noted that the blows didn’t hurt and stated that the second assailant was small in stature. The victim managed to escape and fled on foot. The gunman fired several shots but the victim was not injured.
Subsequently, police received additional information from another individual who provided a description of the vehicle and observed that the second suspect ran “like a girl.”
Officer Daniel Paz observed a vehicle matching the description a short time later and police located it in a driveway of a home on Alexander Drive. Two people were detained in the vehicle and a third fled on foot. Paz gave chase and, a few minutes later, Robinson observed a person inside that home moving about quickly in the kitchen, potentially hiding evidence.
Police apprehended him after a brief struggle as he attempted to flee again.
Two of the suspects were identified as the assailants. Police later recovered clothing items inside the Alexander Drive home that was connected to the crime.
Police arrested Andy Marte, 19, and Kierra Milton, 18, both of Bridgeport. The third suspect in the vehicle was not charged.
Marte was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, criminal attempt at first-degree assault, illegal discharge of a firearm, tampering with evidence, threatening and interfering with police. He was held on $100,000 bond. Milton was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and third-degree assault. Her bond was set at $50,000.