New Haven Man Beats Security Guard, Damages Police Cell

He allegedly tried to steal $200 worth of items from Bob's Stores, but fought the security guard who tried to stop him and then broke a sprinkler head in his cell at the police station, according to police.


It wasn't a happy Valentines Day for one New Haven man who ended up in handcuffs after he allegedly attempted to steal merchandise from Bob's Stores in the Hamden Mart Thursday afternoon and then allegedly damaged a cell block at the new Hamden Police Headquarters while in custody.

Cornell Brown, 21, of 24 Edgar St., New Haven, was charged with third-degree robbery, third-degree assault and second-degree larceny after he allegedly fought off a security guard trying to stop him from leaving the store with about $200 worth of unpaid items, according to police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith.

Police got a report of a fight in progress at Bob's at 2300 Dixwell Ave. at about 3:30 p.m., Smith said, which turned out to be a physical attercation between Brown and the store loss prevention officer. Brown struck him several times and he suffered a hand injury, Smith said, before Brown took off running.

A shot time later Deputy Chief Bo Kicak captured him in the rear of the building, Smith said.

Brown was arrested and taken to Hamden Police Headquarters, and while detained there, he allegedly damaged a sprinkler head in the cell block area, Smith said.

"His actions caused major flooding and electronic damage," Smith said.

First-degree criminal mischief was added to his list of charges, Smith said. He was held in lieu of $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Feb. 25.



Don Charles February 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Yes but he is turning his life around and his grandmother thinks he is a good boy. Throw the freakin book at him and put him away for a long time. The next thing he will do will kill someone.
Proud Liberal February 16, 2013 at 05:42 AM
but Don, was he found guilty yet? Even a killer gets a trial. And many killers do not sit in Jail very long. (just saying.....)
J D C February 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM
No stores in New Haven to rob anymore, or mall to cause trouble at and harass innocent people so where do they go now? Hamden Plaza is a toilet bowl. It should be razed so we can put something there that will bring the town revenue and clean out the riff raff at the same time.
Angela February 16, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Oh my God are you for real. He was found with the goods he didn't PAY for, fought a Security Guard, then did damage to the lock up, luckily he didn't have a gun and shoot anyone.
Don Charles February 16, 2013 at 04:36 PM
No reason to answer your liberal comment but I will. You mean get a trial like the Muslim killer in Ft Hood. Now there is an Obama Holder miscarriage of justice. He has a beard and we cannot Violate his rights. He has no rights he is a Murderer of military personnel on a US base.


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