NEW BRITAIN – Another suspect in an alleged home invasion by several people in November was arrested on Saturday.
Niziere Rivera, 19, of Hart Street, was arrested on a warrant from the incident after Hartford police notified New Britain police he was at St. Francis Hospital following a shooting. Details on the shooting were not immediately available.
According to the warrant, Rivera and several others invaded a home on Vega Street wearing masks over their faces and dressed in dark clothing. One of them had what was later identified as a Walther PPK/S BB gun.
The invaders ordered four victims inside the home to give over their money. A fight then ensued and one of the victims was hit in the head with a cast iron stove grate by one of the invaders.
A fight with another victim began and the mask came off of the attacking invader, who was later identified as a juvenile, the warrant said. When the group left, one of the other male invaders took his mask off and was recognized by the second fighting victim as someone later identified as an Osvaldo Vellon, 20.
Police located one of the invaders in the area, and identified him as Vellon. When police questioned Vellon, he said he and three others names “Nas,” “Black” and “Princess” made an arrangement to buy a half ounce of marijuana and that the juvenile directed them to Vega Street. On the way there, “Black” said they weren’t going to pay for anything and had the BB gun.
Police were also able to learn the identity of the juvenile involved by researching past police incidents, the warrant said. The juvenile went to police and told them it was Vellon who had the firearm and struck the victim in the head with the stove grate. The juvenile also corroborated that “Nas,” “Black” and “Princess,” a female juvenile, were involved.
Police learned the Facebook account of “Nas” which they later identified as Rivera after speaking with his mother and comparing photos with the New Britain High School resource officer, the warrant continued. The juvenile police identified before was then visited by police to identify Rivera as “Nas” in a photo array, the warrant said. The juvenile at first refused to identify Rivera but then did so after being reminded of her previous agreement to cooperate with police.
Rivera is charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, home invasion and conspiracy to commit home invasion in the incident. He is due in New Britain Superior Court on Friday and remains in custody on $150,000 bond.
Vellon is due in court on Sept. 4 for his involvement in the incident. He faces similar charges, as well as third-degree assault and possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana. He remains in custody on $500,000 bond.
It was not immediately clear if the others involved in the invasion, including the juvenile, have been arrested.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.