#Bridgeport, CT — April 4, 2014 – A city man as arrested today in connection with a March 28 shooting during an apparent robbery attempt.
Members of the Bridgeport Police detective bureau, SWAT team and patrol division executed a search and seizure warrant this morning at 74 6th Street. Police recovered a handgun, marijuana and other evidence during the raid.
The suspect, Taavon Johnson, 20, of Bridgeport, subsequently surrendered to police and was charged by warrant with first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal attempt at murder and unlawful discharge. His bond was set at $250,000.
Detectives Art Calvao and Ramon Garcia led the investigation and secured the warrant.
“This was a great team effort by our detectives, members of the gang unit and patrol officers,” said Capt. James Viadero, the head of the detective bureau. “The investigation is ongoing and there could be more arrests.”
The incident stemmed from an incident on March 28 in which a 47-year-old city man was shot in the right arm and grazed in the forehead during an apparent attempted robbery.
Police responded to the area of Stratford Avenue and 6th Street shortly after midnight and located the victim sitting on the steps of a house. He stated that he had exited a nearby corner store when a male demanded his money. He told him “no”. The young man made the demand two more times and received the same answer.
The suspect then pulled out a gun and fired shots.
The victim was taken to Bridgeport Hospital. He has been identified as Kimothy Carswell, of Bridgeport. The injuries were not life threatening and the victim is expected to recover.