Assault Victim's Family Outraged Over Attack - NBC Connecticut

Assault Victim's Family Outraged Over Attack



    The Family of the victim and suspects came face to face in court today. (Published Monday, June 2, 2014)

    Emotions ran high outside New Haven Superior Court Monday with the family of Francisco Rey, 66, outraged about the attack Friday that left him on life support.

    “You took a grandfather, a buddy, everybody out here loves him,” said Maisonet Francisco Rey, his son.

    According to police, around 8 p.m. Friday, two men attacked Rey and knocked him unconscious.

    “I see my father's feet, I turned him over and he was bleeding from his eyes and nose and mouth,” said his son.

    Police arrested Todd Traver and Christopher Lavigne, both from Waterbury. The two men were arraigned Monday and were each held on $500,000 for this alleged assault. Their families said this was a misunderstanding among three intoxicated men.

    “My husband was like 'please get away from my daughter' and the old man wouldn't get away from her, so he grabbed my husband, and my husband just pushed him, and I guess he hit himself in the head,” said Stephanie Rosario, the wife of Todd Traver.

    The alleged assault was just one of three acts of violence in New Haven over the weekend. Police say a 57-year-old woman was shot while driving on Dixwell Avenue, and detectives were shot at while executing a search warrant at a Presidential Gardens apartment on Dixwell Avenue.

    “You can't control these guns, so it's best just not to use them, so I'm asking for people in our community to help us identify the people in our community who are using weapons, let's get them off the street, and let's get the weapons off the street,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

    Mayor Harp says the City will soon partner with Yale New Haven Hospital to have a Gun Buy Back program for New Haven.

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