Police arrest 2 people for allegedly vandalizing Bridgeport headstone

Police say Bridgeport resident Jayla Franco has been arrested, along with a juvenile, in connection with the vandalism captured on camera and shared online two and a half weeks ago.

Abby Del Vecchio and Frank Recchia

Mar 15, 2023, 3:52 PM

Updated 436 days ago

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Bridgeport police say they have arrested two people on felony charges for allegedly vandalizing a headstone and posting a video of the alleged crime on social media.
Police say Bridgeport resident Jayla Franco has been arrested, along with a juvenile, in connection with the vandalism captured on camera and shared online two and a half weeks ago.
The headstone was marked for 41-year-old Angel M. Serrano Jr., whose family says died two years ago after suffering from a seizure.
Angel Serrano Jr.'s son, Angel Serrano, says his dad was beloved baseball and softball coach for Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders.
He says this "very public act of vandalism" sparked anger in the community and his family is grateful police moved quickly in making the arrests.
"Me and my family are more at ease that justice is being served at this time," said Angel Serrano.
News 12 reported on the story on March 4 when the family showed the damage and called for immediate action.
The family said the monument will cost around $16,000 because it's a double-sided headstone also marking the grave of Angel Serrano Jr.'s son, 16-year-old Anthony "Boobie" Padilla, who was fatally shot in 2010. He was buried head-to-head with his father, although only Angel Serrano Jr.'s side was defaced.
Police say they expect more arrests to follow.
"Hopefully justice is going to get served in the correct way," said Angel Serrano.
Jay Lederman reported earlier on this story.


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