West Hartford man accused of harassing Southington resident over religious views

Published on Monday, 19 August 2019 18:48


SOUTHINGTON - A West Hartford man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly harassing a Southington resident over their religious beliefs.

Juan Rivera, 24, allegedly followed the victim to a home on Marion Avenue on Saturday, flashing his car lights on the way and threatening to “pop” the person once inside the driveway, according to police. Police said he reached behind his back as if he was getting a weapon during the threat.

No weapon was displayed.

Rivera, police allege, also yelled at the victim and called them a Jehovah’s Witness.

The victim was able to alert others within the residence what was happening, and they came outside.

Rivera, according to police, left the area in a vehicle. A description of the vehicle was put out to multiple police departments.

Bristol police stopped Rivera shortly thereafter. Southington police then went to Bristol to continue the investigation, finding Rivera had a pocket knife on him. Police also allege he was intoxicated.

Rivera faces charges of driving under the influence, driving with intent to harass, second-degree breach of peace, intimidation based on bigotry or bias, second-degree threatening and first-degree reckless endangerment. He posted $15,000 bond following his arrest and is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 30.

No further information has been released, including the relationship between Rivera and the complainant.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Monday, 19 August 2019 18:48. Updated: Monday, 19 August 2019 18:50.