BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Three people have been charged with manslaughter and Bridgeport police are seeking a fourth in connection with the death of a 41-year-old city man who was struck by a brick while he was a passenger in a Jeep on July 16.
Anthony Martinez, 33, Mari Vargas, 41, and Christopher Fonseca, 28, are all facing first-degree manslaughter charges. Each has bond set at $250,000.
A fourth suspect, Jonathan Dejesus, 29, is still at large and sought by Bridgeport Police. Anyone with knowledge of DeJesus’ whereabouts or anyone who sees him is asked to call the Bridgeport Police anonymous tip line at 203-576-TIPS (8477).
Edy Morales was a passenger in a Jeep Cherokee that was traveling east on Jane Street on the evening of July 16 when several persons threw rocks, a brick and a metal pipe at the Cherokee, police said. Morales was struck in the side of the head by a brick, and later died of his injuries at Bridgeport Hospital. It was the city’s fourth homicide of the year.
Four suspects were quickly identified, and arrest warrants were promptly prepared by Bridgeport Police Detective Martin Heanue and submitted to the state's attorney’s office for review. On Sept. 30, Bridgeport Police received all four arrest warrants back from the state’s attorney’s office.
“These arrests represent solid police work in the investigation of this horrific crime in our city,” said Bridgeport Police Chief Armando “AJ” Perez. “I would urge Mr. DeJesus to turn himself in immediately and face justice for the crime that he and the other three individuals committed against an innocent man."
Perez praised the detective bureau and the identification unit for their work on the case.
"I thank all of the detectives from our detective bureau for all of their hard work investigating this case and apprehending the suspects, and members of the Identification Unit and all those who helped to identify those responsible, so that these arrests may bring some comfort to the Morales family that those responsible for his death will be held accountable,” he said.
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