Woman Grabs, Punches MDC Worker in Hartford: Police - NBC Connecticut

Woman Grabs, Punches MDC Worker in Hartford: Police



    Police say three people assaulted an MDC worker in Hartford, claiming he just caused a fender bender. One suspect is facing criminal charges. Police are still looking for the other two suspects. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014)

    Police have arrested a 21-year-old Hartford woman accused of punching a water company worker after a minor car accident Tuesday and are searching for two men who dragged him out of the truck and assaulted him.

    According to the incident report, Metropolitan District Commission employee Aldo Godenzi was turning right from Blue Hills Avenue onto Tower Avenue around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday when he was cut off and pulled over behind a Nissan Maxima parked on the curb.

    Chambriell Strickland, who was on the lawn outside her home on Blue Hills Avenue, told police the MDC truck struck the Nissan's back bumper. She said her young niece was inside with her brother, who was driving.

    Strickland approached Godenzi and his shirt, then punched him in the face, according to the incident report.

    Two men in the Maxima then dragged Godenzi out of his truck and into the street, punching and kicking him repeatedly, the incident report says.

    They fled the scene when two bystanders approached to break up the fight, according to the  report. Police arrived to find Godenzi sitting on the ground, bleeding from his forehead.

    Medical personnel took Godenzi to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment of bruises and cuts on his upper body and face, according to the report. Family members said he's still in the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.

    According to the incident report, Shelton admitted to grabbing and punching the water company worker and told officers her brother Tyrone Shelton was driving the car.

    Authorities have not been able to identify anyone by that name and are still looking for the driver and male passenger.

    Strickland was also served two outstanding arrested warrants. She was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly using a butcher knife to stab her boyfriend in the arm during an argument in February.

    She was also charged with second-degree inciting a riot, third-degree assault and second-degree failure to appear in connection with two incidents in Enfield that happened in 2012, according to court documents.

    Strickland appeared before a judge Aug. 20 and was appointed a public defender. She's being held on a total of $85,000 bond and is due back in court Sept. 16.