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Norwalk Police Seek Information In 1995 Shooting Death Cold Case

Charles Bowden Photo Credit: Facebook
The crime scene where Bowden, 28, was found wounded in April 1995. Photo Credit: Facebook
The crime scene where Bowden, a 28-year-old man, was found wounded in April 1995. Photo Credit: Facebook

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk police detectives are using social media to bring an unsolved, 21-year-old cold case back into the public eye.

Charles “Panama” Bowden was shot to death near Building 1 on Carlton Court (133 Monterey Place) about 2:45 a.m. April 29, 1995, according to the Norwalk Police Department. To date, authorities have identified several persons of interest but have made no arrests.

Officers arrived on the scene moments after receiving reports of shots fired and found the 28-year-old breathing but unconscious and suffering from several gunshots, according to police, who said he was taken by Norwalk paramedics to Norwalk Hospital, where he was pronounced dead minutes later at 3:22 a.m.

Initial reports were that Bowden’s shooters ran into Building 1 to evade capture, according to Norwalk police.

Detectives later used information collected during witness interviews to identify Joseph “Staff” Van Brackle, his brothers – Gavin Hammett and Eddie “BR” Hammett – and Richard “Leachy” Arzuaga as “persons of interest” but lacked the evidence needed for an arrest, officials said.

Though the incident of Bowden’s death has drawn conflicting witness reports over the years, several people believe Van Brackle or one of the Hammett brothers may have gotten into an argument with the man that turned deadly, according to Norwalk police.

According to authorities, evidence in the case continues to be tested forensically.

Anyone with information about Bowden or his death is urged to call Norwalk police Lt. Art Weisgerber at 203-854-3028 or email

The Norwalk Police Department can be found here and on Facebook .

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