Hartford police have obtained a warrant in connection with the sexual assault of a child at Pope Park on July 20.
A 10-year-old boy was walking toward the pool around noon that day when a man approached him, lured him into the woods and sexually assaulted him, police said.
Hartford police identified Brian Wright, 46, of Hartford, as a potential suspect.
He was arrested on unrelated charges on July 20. On Monday, police obtained an arrest warrant, charging Wright with first-degree criminal attempt at kidnapping, first-degree unlawful restraint, risk of injury to a minor, third-degree sexual assault and first-degree criminal attempt at sexual assault.
He remains in custody on the unrelated arrest and will be arraigned on the new charges on Thursday, July 29.
“This incident appears to be an isolated incident. However, it does remind us how important it is that we as a community maintain a watchful eye on our children and report any suspicious activity or persons immediately to the police,” Chief Daryl Roberts said. “Fortunately this child was able to break free from his attacker and avoid serious physical injury and the Hartford Police Department was able to quickly apprehend and obtain an arrest warrant against the person responsible.”
Anyone with information about this incident should call Sergeant Matthew Eisele of the Hartford Police Department’s Juvenile Investigative Division at 860-757-4242 or to call the Hartford Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 860-722-8477.