STAMFORD, Conn. — Four men were arrested at the Rumba Café on Stamford’s West Side just before 2 a.m. Sunday after a police officer witnessed them beating up another male, police said.
The officer heard screaming and turned to find the four suspects kicking and stomping the victim in the head, police said. The officer called for backup and was able to apprehend one suspect, while aiding the victim, police said.
Security guards at the café caught two of the other suspects, and one of the police officers called to the scene found the fourth in the back seat of a vehicle across the street from the bar, police said. One of the suspects, Jorge Lopez-Catalano, 32, of Norwalk, was caught with a small amount of crack cocaine, police said.
Police said the conflict stemmed from an earlier incident involving the men at the bar, but did not give additional details.
The victim’s face and right eye were swollen, and he was taken to Stamford Hospital for treatment, police said. He has since been released.
Lopez-Catalano was charged with second-degree assault and possession of narcotics, and was held on a $15,000 bond, police said.
The other three suspects, Cesar Augusto Catalan Veliz, 23, of Norwalk, Christian Veliz-Lopez, 18, of Stamford, and Gerson Veliz-Veliz, 20, of Stamford, were charged with second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, police said. They each were held on $10,000 bond.