NEWINGTON - A radio personality was charged Monday with committing an assault at a local gas station in early March. Joseph Aguiar, 41, of 147 Clovercrest Road, Wethersfield, is accused of attacking a man who was sitting in his car in the parking lot of the Mobil gas station at 50 Fenn Road on March 8.
The man was sitting in his car at 11:30 p.m. when he was pulled from his vehicle and thrown to the ground, police said.
The suspect, now identified as Aguiar, had just left the gas station convenience store and came up from behind and pulled the other man from his vehicle, video surveillance footage showed.
The victim was thrown to the ground and hit his head on the pavement, which knocked him out. His assailant looked at the victim unconscious on the ground and then drove off in a silver sedan, possibly a Toyota Avalon.
The victim awoke two minutes later and drove home, Sgt. Christopher Perry said. His family saw he was in distress and took him to the hospital. Family members reported the incident to police the next day, Perry said. Police reviewed the surveillance video from the gas station and saw the man lunge at the victim and pull him out of his car. The victim looked at video surveillance and didn’t recognize the man who attacked him, police said.
The victim didn’t remember much about the attack and was unsure how he got home, Perry said.
Police put out information on the attack leading to the identification of Aguiar, who is a morning radio personality on The River 105.9 FM. Police said he was cooperating with the investigation shortly after he was identified.
He turned himself in Monday to be served with an arrest warrant charging him with third-degree assault, third-degree reckless endangerment, and second-degree breach of peace. Aguiar was released after posting $75,000 bond and is expected to appear in New Britain Superior Court April 25.
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