MERIDEN — Police have made an arrest in connection with the killing of a 34-year-old city man earlier this month.
Davis Omar Roman Villanueva, 32, was taken into custody in Puerto Rico by the Aguadilla Police Department and U.S. Marshals, a Meriden police spokesman announced Wednesday.
Meriden police are working with the agencies to bring Villanueva back to face charges of murder and criminal possession of a firearm.
He is currently held on $2 million bond.
Schoonover, of Meriden, was fatally shot on Oct. 4. On that date, police responded to the area of 190 Grove St. at around 4:30 a.m. after an officer heard multiple people yelling, then gunfire.
Officers did not locate any shell casings at the time and found no witnesses at the scene, according to a police report. Police were called to the area later in the morning after Schoonover’s body was discovered.
On Oct. 9, police released a video of a suspect, asking for the public’s help identifying the man.
Meriden Police Chief Roberto Rosado said the warrant for Villanueva was obtained last week. Social media was key to the investigation, and officers obtained a great deal of information after releasing the suspect’s image and video.
“That was the key to the successful arrest today that Puerto Rico made on our behalf,” Rosado said. “That certainly broke it open.”
He said the department also received a great deal of information from other law enforcement resources.
Earlier in the afternoon, Rosado held a joint press conference with David Sundberg, FBI special agent in charge of the New Haven field office, and Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo, to announce the formation of a task force to combat rising gun violence with connections between both communities.
“We need to come together to share our resources and intelligence,” Rosado said at the press conference. “That’s what the focus is for this organization, this partnership. With this task force we’re looking to increase the benefit to our community as well as other surrounding communities nearby.”
In announcing the arrest, police spokesman Lt. John Mennone addressed Schoonover’s family.
“...The Meriden Police Department would like to send its deepest condolences to the family of Casey Schoonover,” he said. “Our staff and specifically Detective David Visconti worked tirelessly to bring this case to a successful conclusion. We pray that this gives the family some closure to this tragic incident.”