PLAINVILLE - Two Bristol men were arrested in the early morning hours Tuesday and accused of viciously beating a man at random.
Gabriel Rivera, 21, of Ruth Street in Bristol, and Timothy Harrison, 22, of Lexington Street in Bristol, allegedly punched the 40-year-old victim in the face numerous times and hit him with a stick sometime several times just before 4:27 a.m.
The victim told police he had been walking to a nearby bus stop when heard a woman talking with someone on the second-floor porch of a home on Broad Street. He did not say anything and continued to walk, he said. He then suddenly noticed two men who had come out of the home start engaging him, asking him what he had in his bag.
The men, who were unprovoked, according to the complainant, then began pushing the victim and hitting him. According to the report, they punched him in the face a number of times. The 40-year-old tried to get away, but the assailants chased after him when he ran.
Once in the area of Peace Court and Broad Street, the men knocked the victim down to the ground and struck him with a stick numerous times. He covered his face in an effort to protect himself, but he was kicked, punched and struck with the stick a number of times, defenselessly. At this point, the victim began screaming for help.
Someone from a nearby home then came outside and started yelling at the two assailants. Both men left the area on foot.
Police responded shortly thereafter, when a number of 911 calls came in about the attack at about 4:27 a.m. Officers searched the area and later found two suspects in the home where the victim had originally heard a woman.
The men, who were later identified as Rivera and Harrison, were each charged with second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace and conspiracy to commit second-degree breach of peace. While he was being handcuffed in the home, police wrote in the report, Harrison asked officers to grab his wallet for “bail money.” Police said both men were uncooperative in the investigation.
The victim complained of pain in his right eye, the right side of his jaw, the left side of his forehead and his left temple. He declined medical treatment.
Police said the victim was able to positively identify Harrison and Rivera as the assailants. Both men were held in custody and arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court.
During the hearing, state prosecutors said Rivera was also charged with an active warrant in connection with a domestic incident. In that case, prosecutors said, he allegedly punched and strangled a woman until she reported seeing stars. Rivera faces charges of third-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, attempt to interfere with a 911 call, first- and third-degree criminal trespassing and second-degree breach of peace.
Court officials said Rivera’s criminal history includes convictions of third-degree assault, unlawful restraint and violation of probation. He has been ordered held on $100,000 bond, pending his next hearing on Oct. 5.
Harrison, court officials said, has previously been convicted of assault on a police officer and possession of a controlled substance. He posted $50,000 bond and is due back in court on Oct. 12.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.