Police ID man beaten to death in Bridgeport
BRIDGEPORT — A 55-year-old man was beaten to death on the East Side Sunday, according to police.
In a prepared statement, Capt. Brian Fitzgerald said the victim was identified as Miguel Lopez.
Fitzgerald said police were called to the Mambo Grocery at 731 Noble Ave. about 9:30 p.m. on a report of an assault.
Cops found Lopez lying on the floor inside the store, Fitzgerald said.
“Lopez was unable to communicate with officers and was transported by medics to Bridgeport Hospital where he died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the assault,” Fitzgerald said. “The assault may have occurred over a dispute involving money owed to the assailants.”
Fitzgerald said three Hispanic males could be seen on surveillance video chasing Lopez. One of the men attacked him with a long wood stick or bat, and a second is seen kicking him repeatedly while he was on the ground.
Anyone with information about this homicide, including the identities of the assailants depicted in the video are asked to contact Detective Heanue at 203-581-5242.
An ambulance brought the victim to Bridgeport Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m.
The cause of death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy Monday morning at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police said.
The death is the city’s eighth homicide of the year, and the second of 2019 not involving a shooting.
The most recent homicide in Bridgeport was the March 10 shooting of 21-year-old Tyron Heard on Hollister Avenue. No arrests have been made.
Five days before Heard’s death, 34-year-old Jerrell Gatewood — who had survived a shooting in September 2013 — was killed in a daytime shooting. No arrests have been made.
On Feb. 11, 19-year-old Dyshon Williams’ body was found on Boston Avenue after he was shot. Two arrests were made in Williams’ death last week.
On Feb. 5, 36-year-old Sujata Lee Edwards died after being shot through a second-story window in her home on William Street. The day before, 28-year-old Eric Salters died from injuries he sustained during a shooting on Barnum Avenue on Jan. 26. No arrests have been made in either case.
Eugene Rogers, 50, was the city’s second homicide of 2019; he was fatally shot on Jan. 27. Razzie Hancock, 39, was stabbed to death Jan. 14. Arrests have been made in both of the deaths.
Staff writer Daniel Tepfer contributed to this story.