Police have arrested a man suspected of driving the getaway car after the fatal shooting of Ibrahim Ghazal at the EZ Mart at 271 East Main St. in Meriden around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27.
Willie Breyette, 29, of 26 Twiss St. in New Britain has been charged with aiding and abetting robbery in the first degree and hindering prosecution, according to police.
Bond is set at $500,000 and his father, Arthur Breyette, said his son could not afford to pay the bill even if it were $100,000. Willie Breyette, a father of two, is due back in court on July 17.
Arthur Breyette said his son is not a monster but did not go to police immediately because he was afraid that Frankie Resto, who has been named a person of interest, would kill him.
According to Arthur Breyette, police offered his son protective custody on Monday when word leaked out that police interviewed Willie Breyette for four hours.
Police are still looking for Resto, who has a criminal record that includes an armed robbery conviction in 2003. They said he might live in either Meriden or New Britain.
Authorities released surveillance video of the crime, moments before the victim was gunned down.
In the surveillance video released by police, the robber walks in and pulls out a gun. Then, you see the store clerk handing money over, before the robber points the gun.
The video cuts off after that, but we know how the situation ended; the store clerk, Ibrahim Ghazal, was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds.
Ibrahim Ghazal was a father of six and lived in the neighborhood.
A local businessman who wishes to remain anonymous has offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual who committed the crime.
Police said the reward will be given to the individual who provides the most significant, relevant input about the suspect and his location.
Resto has a violent criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous. He is 5-foot-9, with a husky build. He is 36 -years-old and has clean-cut, dark hair and "bulging" eyes. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with lettering on it, gray or tan shorts and sneakers.
Anyone with information regarding the incident or knows where he is should call Det. Benoit of the Meriden Police Department at 203-630-6297.