Al­leged fugi­tive caught at the scene of crime in Stam­ford

Stamford Advocate - - News - By John Nick­er­son jnick­er­son @stam­for­dad­vo­cate.com

STAM­FORD — A con­cerned cit­i­zen’s tip about a man wanted for a nearly three-year-old violent break-in led to the cap­ture of a for­mer Stam­ford man late Wed­nes­day night po­lice said.

Down­town po­lice Capt. Diedrich Hohn said he got a tip that Rony Cas­taneda, 31, of Green­wich Av­enue, had moved back in with his wife de­spite the fact he was wanted for break­ing into her apart­ment in Fe­bru­ary 2016 and as­sault­ing her.

Hohn said sur­veil­lance was set up at the apart­ment Wed­nes­day night near the cor­ner of Green­wich Av­enue and Sel­leck Street and a look­out was kept up for Cas­taneda, who was be­lieved to be driv­ing a newer Ford pickup truck.

At 10:20 p.m. Hohn spot­ted a black pickup back­ing into a park­ing place at the res­i­dence and Cas­taneda was spot­ted in­side the apart­ment with his wife and three chil­dren.

Sev­eral of­fi­cers un­der the com­mand of Lt. Lou Derubeis sur­rounded the home. Cas­taneda first gave of­fi­cers a fake name, po­lice said, but a pic­ture was pro­duced that proved his iden­tity.

“Po­lice in 2016 re­leased a memo say­ing we were look­ing for him af­ter he com­mit­ted a very violent do­mes­tic as­sault and broke into his wife’s home and cased a lot of dam­age to his fam­ily,” Hohn said.

Cas­taneda was charged with first-de­gree bur­glary, sec­ond-de­gree reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, risk of in­jury to a child, stran­gu­la­tion, threat­en­ing, crim­i­nal mis­chief and three counts of fail­ure to ap­pear in court. He is be­ing held in lieu of a $160,000 court ap­pear­ance bond and an Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment de­tainer.

Stam­ford po­lice / Con­trib­uted photo

Af­ter nearly three years on the run, Rony Cas­taneda, 33, of Stam­ford, was charged with a violent do­mes­tic break-in in Fe­bru­ary 2016.

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