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Norwalk Man 'Jumped' at Cousin's Funeral

Update, 1:25 p.m.

NORWALK, Conn. – A young Norwalk man attending the funeral of his cousin was assaulted Tuesday in South Norwalk, Norwalk Police say. His mother was shoved in the course of the altercation and the suspects fled, leading to a police search. Police were dispatched to Riverside Cemetery, where the cousin was being buried, to prevent further trouble. They stopped a suspect there and released him after an investigation.

Police had previously said it was the man had been attending his mother's funeral.

The altercation was visible to politicians greeting voters arriving at Columbus Magnet School for an election determining who would represent District B on the Democratic Town Committee. Common Councilman Warren Pena said the politicians alerted a policeman on scene at the school, which lead to police involvement at 12:20 p.m.

The victim received a scrape over his eye in the assault at Canaan Baptist Church, which is on the corner of Concord and South Main streets, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. His mother tried to break up the fight and was shoved. Police sought a tall, light-skinned black man wearing a royal blue jacket.

Pena and others at the school thought the victim had been at the funeral for his mother and that the suspect fled with a gun. Cotto said a gun was not mentioned in the report.

Pena also said that the victim asw assaulted by gang members, a comment that was confirmed by Sgt. Thomas Roncinske. Roncinske said he hadn’t been on duty when the altercation happened but confirmed the basic details of the story as relayed by Pena. Asked if police had “gotten” a suspect, Roncisnke said yes. The Daily Norwalk assumed he meant that a suspect was arrested, and regrets the error.

Original story:

NORWALK, Conn. – A young Norwalk man grieving the death of his mother was assaulted Tuesday in South Norwalk as her funeral was ending, according to witnesses and Norwalk police. Police arrested one suspect and were searching for another man, who reportedly had a gun.

Common Councilman Warren Pena was greeting voters arriving at Columbus Magnet School for the District B primary. He said he saw the assault and commotion outside St. Joseph Parish at 14 Chestnut St., where a funeral was being held for the mother of an 18-year-old man. He and other witnesses notified police officers stationed at the school at about noon. Pena said the man had been "jumped" by gang members, which was confirmed by Sgt. Thomas Roncinske.

Roncinske also confirmed details that were provided by dispatch traffic: The assailants fled and, as officers looked for them, police sent cruisers to Riverside Cemetery to guard against further trouble during the burial.

More officers were dispatched to the cemetery when a description of a suspect vehicle was released. It was stopped in the vicinity of the cemetery, and one man was arrested.

Police were still seeking another suspect, who they believe was carrying a gun. The investigation is ongoing. The Daily Norwalk will have more details Wednesday.

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