New Britain police have charged a local man with attempted murder and said he is accused of beating another man in the head with a blunt object like a baseball bat.
Police responded to Smalley and Stanley streets on Dec. 29 after receiving reports that a man was down.
At first, authorities thought the victim had been hit by a car because of where he was and the severity of his injuries and they could not interview him.
The victim was unconscious and was transported to an area trauma center for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
As police investigated, they determined the victim had not been hit by a vehicle but had instead been struck in the head with a blunt object/
Police identified Luis Gonzalez, 32, of Noble Street in New Britain as a possible suspect after learning about an ongoing feud with the victim, police said.
There was a warrant for Gonzalez for an unrelated incident, but authorities had not been able to find him. Then, on Feb. 12, the victim was able to communicate with police and identified Gonzalez as the person who assaulted him, police said.
Police took Gonzalez into custody on Feb. 19
at his apartment and charged him with criminal attempt to commit murder and assault in the first degree.
He is being held on a $750,000 bond.
Police said he was also charged with third-degree assault and bond was set at 1,500. He is due in court today.