Stamford murder suspect apprehended outside Norwalk deli

April 12, 2019

STAMFORD—Less than two weeks after a New York man was shot on Garden Street, police have charged a West Haven man with his murder.

At 6:25 a.m. a large contingent of Stamford and Norwalk police officers accompanied by SWAT officers at the ready apprehended Rashad Sellers, 27, of West Haven, as he was walking into a deli on East Avenue in Norwalk.

Capt. Richard Conklin said that Sellers, who has past gun convictions on his criminal record is being held in lieu of $1 million.

Stephon Walthrust, 26, of Queens, New York, was shot and killed while sitting in a car on Garden Street near Henry Street in the city’s South End on the night of March 30. His was the first homicide of the year in Stamford.

Conklin said that he would not be getting into the motive for the killing at this time although some have surmised it was over money.

Conklin said that officers have been following Sellers for the past few days and and he made a regular stop at the deli off Exit 16 while being followed from Bridgeport and a plan was hatched to pick him up as he got out of his car Friday morning. He was taken into custody without incident.

Conklin thanked the Norwalk police for their commitment of their officers to Friday morning’s operation. He also thanked the Stamford State’s Attorneys office for their assistance in developing an arrest warrant for Sellers on the murder charge.

Conkin also said the officers who took on the investigation in the major crimes unit were very dedicated to the case as soon as it came in.

The vehicle that police belive was used in Walthrust’s death was also seized at the takedown, Conklin said.