New Britain man charged in ambush-style assault

Published on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:43
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN - A city man was held on $250,000 bond Tuesday on charges that he broke into a house Monday and waited for the resident to arrive to assault that person, police said.

The case is considered domestic violence and police are releasing neither the identity nor the sex of the victim.

Juan Abreu, 35, of 23 Connecticut Ave., allegedly sent threatening text messages to the victim, then broke into the home and hid until the victim came home, around 9 a.m., Capt. Thomas Steck said.

Abreu then kicked the victim in the head with his snow boots on while holding the victim down and took the victim’s keys and a gaming system, Steck said.

Abreu also kicked the victim’s television on his way out, police said.

Officers responding to the call found Abreu as he was fleeing, Steck said.

The victim had injuries consistent with being kicked in the head and a witness confirmed the victim’s account of the incident, Steck said.

Abreu has been charged with first-degree trespass, disorderly conduct, fifth-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, home invasion, second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree threatening and third-degree stalking.

He was held on $250,000 bond after his arraignment Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:43. Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:45.