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Bridgeport neighbors fearful of man's return after violent rampage, death threats

Bridgeport residents are fearful of a man who will return to their apartment complex after police say he vandalized 15 cars and threatened to kill his neighbors during a violent outburst and medical episode.

News 12 Staff

Aug 20, 2020, 5:55 PM

Updated 1,397 days ago

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Bridgeport residents say they are fearful that a man will return to their apartment complex after police say he vandalized 15 cars and threatened to kill his neighbors during a violent outburst and medical episode.
Shards of glass littering the ground and a screen in tatters are examples of what police say took place Sunday night at the Dave Condominiums on Boston Avenue.
"Now, I'm in fear for my life," says 43-year-old Cynthia Gonzalez, who moved into the complex only a few months ago.
Gonzalez is one of at least 15 residents who police say woke up Monday morning to find that their cars had been keyed and dented.
"And now that I know there's a lunatic going around in the building, I'm like, 'Oh my God!'" Gonzalez adds.
Neighbors say the culprit is a middle-age resident who smashed out his own kitchen window during the same rampage before ripping the door off his mailbox. They also say that he has repeatedly threatened to kill several of his neighbors.
"Some people are afraid of what they might do to him," says Adrian Aziz Abdullah.
Police say the man was placed at Saint Vincent's Medical Center on a 72-hour psychiatric hold, but could not be charged like regular suspect due to his "well-documented history of mental illness."
"Tomorrow he should be getting out and we don't know what to expect, and we're very concerned and worried," says resident Patricia Dacosta.
"Poor women, when they see him, they don't even come out of their doors. They go right back in the house," says neighbor Andree Smith.
"This is a prime example of how the mental health system in our state is failing these individuals in our state by not placing them in the appropriate facilities to get the kind of care that they need," says Rev. Dr. Herron K. Gaston, whose many parishioners live in the building says he's working with state health officials to get the man moved out of the complex.
"We're asking that he get the kind of treatments that he needs and that he's hospitalized and placed in an appropriate facility," Gaston says.
Meantime, neighbors say they're dreading the moment when the man comes home from the hospital.
"He's like a ticking time bomb," Dacosta says.
Police say they're "carefully monitoring the case," which is still under investigation.
 


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