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Bridgeport Cops: Second Suspect Arrested In Fatal April Attack

Latrel Baker
Latrel Baker Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Bridgeport officers on Tuesday arrested a second person in connection with the April 30 death of Victor Diaz, police said.

Latrel Baker, 20, of Burnsford Avenue, Bridgeport, was charged with first-degree manslaughter early Tuesday morning, police said.

On April 27, police responded to St. Vincent’s Medical Center on a report of an assault. According to witnesses, Diaz, 26, was assaulted by several friends at Dewhirst and Baker streets and suffered an asthma attack, police said.

He was admitted to the hospital and died three days later.

A subsequent autopsy concluded that his death was directly related to the attack and was ruled a homicide, police said.

Related story: Bridgeport Woman Charged In Manslaughter; Assault Led To Fatal Asthma Case

Last week, police arrested Latia Quarles, 23, also of Burnsford Avenue, in connection with the case, charging her with first-degree manslaughter.

Quarles and Baker were each held on $150,000 bond.

Additional arrests are expected soon.

“This was a brutal attack on a young man from Bridgeport by those who were supposedly his friends,” said Bridgeport Police Chief Armando “AJ” Perez. “Those who participated in this horrible crime are, one by one, being held accountable thanks to the hard work and persistence of the Bridgeport Police.

“If you do violence to another person in Bridgeport, we will come after you and we will find you, and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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