(Bridgeport, CT – April 23, 2013) – A 31-year-old man ran down two people with his car Monday and then proceeded to kick and punch one of the victims.
The suspect threatened to kill the victim if he “snitched” by telling police the incident was anything but an accident.
The assault happened at Washington Avenue and Coleman Street.
Witnesses told Officer Sandra Gonzalez that the vehicle drove directly into the victims, who were standing at the corner. After striking the victims, the driver got out and started assaulting the injured man on the ground. The driver, identified as Alberto Rios, then fled on foot, leaving his car. A passenger in Rios’ car was invited to join in the assault but opted out and fled the scene.
The two victims, a 30-year-old man and his 34-year-old girlfriend, were taken to Saint Vincent’s Medical Center. The female victim is the sister of Rios’ ex-girlfriend.
She said Rios had been terrorizing the family since the break-up.
The male victim suffered a broken leg and broken arm and required surgery. The woman suffered less serious injuries.
Rios later contacted police and admitted he was responsible for the hit-and-run. He told Officers Migdalia Ayala and Elizabeth Santora that that he saw someone who he had a “beef” with, saw the person reach for his waistband and instinctively drove toward the person. He did not mention beating the man on the ground.
He claimed he fled the scene because he feared for his life.
Rios was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two-counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, second-degree threatening and breach of peace. Bond was set at $25,000.