Man sentenced to 4-year term
NORWALK -- A city man who police say threatened to shoot a high school student during a 2010 street robbery was sentenced to four years in prison last Thursday after pleading guilty to first-degree larceny, first-degree robbery and third-degree burglary.
During the 7 a.m. robbery involving a student walking to Brien McMahon High School on Oct. 15, 2010, Lenard told the student to hand over whatever was in his pockets.
After taking a Blackberry from the student, Lenard said, "This is mine. Don't follow me cause I have a burner," his arrest affidavit said.
Also in February, Lenard pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny after he was accused of grabbing the car keys of a friend and driving off in his car without permission on April 14. He also pleaded guilty to a burglary last Oct. 11.
Hudock said he was surprised by Lenard's behavior because as far as the judge could tell from a pre-sentence investigation report, Lendard came from an immigrant family of hard workers and "good people."
Hudock said that he found it "extraordinary" that Lenard could compile such a criminal history over the past 18 months in light of having no criminal record prior to that.
"You owe to society for the major offenses you have committed," Hudock said before sentencing Lenard to three years probation and a suspended seven year sentence.
Police arrest man for assault
NORWALK -- A former Norwalk man extradited from New York to Stamford for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in that city was arrested last Wednesday by Norwalk police for assaulting the same girl in Norwalk, police said.
Rafael Cruz, 40, of 1315 Lewmay Road, Queens, N.Y., was brought to Stamford last Tuesday afternoon and charged with second-degree sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl, risk of injury to a minor by sexual contact, two counts of failure to appear at court and violation of probation.
He is being held in lieu of $88,000 bond and was arraigned last Wednesday at state Superior Court in Stamford.
Earlier last Wednesday he was brought to Norwalk and charged with a felony count of risk of injury to a minor.
Cruz, formerly of 53, Lincoln Ave., Norwalk, moved with the family of the girl to Stamford last year, police said.
His arrest stems from a complaint that was made by the girl's mother after she caught him having sex with the girl in their Stamford apartment just before Christmas, police said.
After Cruz had fled to New York soon after police began their sexual assault investigation, an order was put out for his arrest after he did not show up earlier this year at state Superior Court in Norwalk, where he was facing larceny and threatening charges from two incidents in 2010.
Cruz, who has arrests in New York and Connecticut for armed robbery, first-degree assault and assault with a weapon and various domestic charges, was tracked down in late January by U.S. Marshalls to Far Rockaway, Queens, by tracing the signal from his cellphone, Stamford police said earlier this year.
Stamford Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn said Cruz tried to fight extradition to Connecticut, but eventually had to surrender to state authorities.
Customer tries hand at robbery
NORWALK -- A regular customer of a convenience store on New Canaan Avenue was arrested after he passed a note to the clerk demanding money and saying he had a gun, police said.
Damien Maxwell, 28, of 29 Lincoln Ave., Norwalk, was arrested a few minutes after the 1:30 p.m. robbery last Thursdayand charged with first-degree robbery and resisting arrest. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned at the Norwalk courthouse.
Police said after making his demand for money, he was given $40 and fled. He was caught a short distance away and struggled with police before his arrest.
Father, son busted for drugs
NORWALK -- A father and his son were arrested on narcotics charges last Wednesday after an informant reported they were drug dealers, police said.
Fred Brooks, 66, of 9 Union Ave., Norwalk, and Christopher Adams, 45, of 554 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk, were charged with possession with narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, conspiracy to sell narcotics and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school or public housing project.
Brooks and Adams were held in lieu of $15,000 bond after their arraignment last Thursday afternoon in state Superior Court in Norwalk.
According to police reports, officers of the Special Services Unit were observing Brooks' apartment on Union Avenue because they had reliable information he was dealing drugs.
At 6:35 p.m. last Wednesday, police saw Adams leave Brooks' Union Avenue apartment. Because they were told Adams was dropping off drugs to his father, they pulled him over a short distance away on Cross Street.
After a search, police found $5,363 but no drugs, the report said.
When police served a search and seizure warrant for Brooks' apartment at 6:45 p.m., they found 2.2 grams of cocaine, the report said.