Southington man charged in burglary, pedestrian incident seeking program

Published on Friday, 24 September 2021 14:29
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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SOUTHINGTON -- A local man charged in two separate incidents involving a burglary that prompted a SWAT response and a dispute in which a woman feared she would be run over by him has applied for a program that could clear him of all charges.

Connor Trzcinski, 22, applied for a diversionary program during a hearing Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court, judicial records indicated. He is due back in court on Nov. 3, when he could learn if a judge feels the program is appropriate.

Diversionary programs in the judicial system can last up to two years and can spare a defendant prosecution.

Trzcinski was charged on April 14, 2020, with attempted second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer and disorderly conduct.

Police said Trzcinski was involved in a dispute that day with a woman when he pulled his vehicle toward her, causing her to back up several steps. He then again pulled toward her, so she jumped on the hood of the car, fearing she would be run over, according to police.

When police arrived, Trzcinski refused to get out of the car or speak with police, so officers had to break a window to the vehicle, police said. He then got out of the car and was taken into custody.

The woman was not injured.

Then on Sept. 30, 2020, Trzcinski was shot with a bean bag after he was allegedly involved in a burglary. Police said he was armed with a knife and threatened officers, drawing a response from at least one SWAT team member.

Police said they were called to 60 Frost St., where Trzcinski's father resides, around 12:15 p.m. on the report of a burglary. Responding officers saw Trzcinski walking on Frost Street, where they attempted to take him into custody.

According to police, Trzcinski refused to follow commands and pulled out a knife, threatening officers. Police said officers followed the suspect and walked with him for just over a mile while trying to get him to comply.

Then, in the area of 811 Mt. Vernon Road, a SWAT team member fired a bean bag from a shotgun at Trzcinski's back. He threw the knife and allowed officers to take him into custody. Trzcinski suffered a minor abrasion and bruising to his back, police said.

Police charged him with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree larceny, violation of a protective order, interfering with police, second-degree breach of peace, reckless endangerment, negligent use of a highway by a pedestrian and assault on a public safety officer.

According to police, Trzcinski stole $1,300 and other items from his father’s home before fleeing.

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



Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Friday, 24 September 2021 14:29. Updated: Friday, 24 September 2021 14:32.