MERIDEN — A local man faces charges for his reported involvement in an assault on Sherman Avenue last year.
Juan Gomez, 18, of 136 Sherman Ave., was charged Friday with first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
Seventeen-year-old Elijah Butler, of 22 Webster St., was previously charged as an adult with first-degree assault aided by others and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault aided in the same incident..
On Nov. 19, 2018, police responded to the area of 92 Sherman Ave. for a report of an assault and found a man unconscious and in critical condition in the road.
Surveillance video from a nearby home showed four suspects, two of whom were later identified as Gomez and Butler, surround the man, before one struck the man in the head from behind, causing him to fall to the ground, according to an arrest warrant. Another suspect struck him in the head five times with his fist, while two other suspects stomped on and kicked the man in the head, the warrant said. The four suspects then fled.
When interviewed by officers, Butler denied being involved in the assault, the warrant said. Gomez initially agreed to speak with police, but never came to the department to give a statement.
The man assaulted was hospitalized for five days with serious head injuries.
Gomez was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. Bond was set at $75,000 and the case was transferred to New Haven Superior Court, where Gomez is set to appear on April 2.
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