East Haven Police Investigation Ends In Assault Arrest

Juan Cruz was charged with assault and reckless endangerment after he allegedly stabbed a man in the leg during an argument over a parked car last month.

An investigation has led to charge an East Haven man with assault after he allegedly stabbed another man in the leg during an arguement over a car parking issue.

Juan Cruz, 34, of 199 Coe Avenue in East Haven, was charged March 13 with first-degree assault and first degree reckless endangerment in relation to that occured Feb. 17 at a Stevens Street residence in East Haven.

Parked Car Leads to Incident

According to East Haven Police Lt. Joseph Slane, the victim had been visiting a residence on Stevens Street that night. When he attempted to leave at about 8:30 p.m., however, another unoccupied vehicle blocked his way.

Slane said the victim returned to the residence to have the vehicle moved. Apparently, at that time, an argument began during which time Cruz — who owned the vehicle — reportedly punched the victim in the face and a fight ensued.

Slane said during the fight the suspect stabbed the victim in the leg.

Treatment Sought at Fire Department

The victim was able to leave the residence and was driven to the for treatment to his injuries. The victim was then transported to Yale New Haven Hospital by American Medical Response for further medical treatment.

Slane said the victim did not know Cruz prior to the alleged assault.

Warrant Served at Court

Following their investgiation, East Haven Police obtained an arrest warrant for Cruz, which was served at court located at 121 Elm Street in New Haven.

Cruz was arrested and held on a $100,000 bond.

Slane added that there is no arrest photo of Juan Cruz because the warrant was served and the arrest made at court.

Ann Della Camera March 16, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Citizen, perhaps you should read the papers arrests in New Haven, 80% are latino. I suppose now you want an investigation as to way Cruz was arrested, After all, he only used a knife on another person over something as rediculous as a parking space. What Planet are you living on.
Ann Della Camera March 16, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Jokebo, You really need a life, or enducation, because you live in another world.
Luigi (the original) March 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM
I don't think it's your imagination CitVo. I read two story's in two days, the first was about a guy who knifed someone over a parking space and the other was arrested for peddling enough dope to keep you in LaLa land for the next ten years. I mean where does the Patch come off? Maybe we should be teaching our children better, because it seems the Latino's are getting all the press. Also, just curious, was it the word "money" or "pot" that you found so cute?
Bob Fawkes March 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM
If you're really against "free rides", you should argue for ALL town employment hiring to be civil service based, hiring the best person for the job, not hiring political insiders, family and friends. East Haven would be in such better shape now if this was started years ago. Those incompetent money grubbing parasites are the people who are really "draining" the town dry.
Bob Fawkes March 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM
You can address me as Mr. Arbenz. I live in the same world you do.
Lou March 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Jacobo, I agree with you 100% on the issue of civil service testing for ALL town employment. Many of the people "given" a position can't find their way of of a paper bag, never mind run a complex business like the town. @Ann, thanks for the support. Unifying this town and improving our education system is something I really feel passionate about.
Bob Fawkes March 16, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Lou, What this town really needs is a BINDING Referendum vote by the people to make ALL hiring civil service based. It's the logical thing to do as neither political party will touch this with a ten foot pole. WE, the people (all of the people) need to stand up and make it happen and force it down the throats of these self-serving maggots. Both parties have used the Town finances as their personal feeding trough for GENERATIONS. The time has come to end this nonsense, once and for all.
Lou March 16, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Jacobo has a point. If we want to change anything it looks as though we need to ban together and do it ourselves. Neither party has gotten anything worth while accomplished. We "The Townspeople" need to speak up and get the ball rolling. Who out there with political knowledge of the town knows the protocal? Does it start with a petition?
Bob Fawkes March 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Lou, If the people of East Haven actually took the time to read and to understand the Town Charter, they would see the many inherent flaws therein. The Mayor and the Town Council have overly broad powers to "appoint" or "remove" many various postions in the Town. For years and years, for many generations, one or the either party have thereby sought to secure the mayoral post or to control of the Town Council not for the betterment of the Town, but to provide employment for their party lackeys, friends and relatives. Frankly, it's amazing that a Civil Service Commission exists at all in this town. For those interested, here's the Town Charter as posted on the Town website: http://www.townofeasthavenct.org/pdf/tclerk/charter-ordinances/EastHaven-TownCharter.pdf Read it. Understand it. Change it for the better. Pushing through a binding referendum of this sort will be difficult and time consuming, but it can be done. Expect both parties to fight it tooth and nail, kicking and screaming as their own livelihood depends on the Town gravy train.
thomas March 16, 2012 at 04:21 PM
i love to be your spiritual advisor[ not crystal ball but the holy bible ] i m stuck up in north haven with these dullards for now, your a poorer town but you show more chutzpah. i am trying to publish my first book [ heathen anonymous] without putting up collateral. sincerely [thomas [phoenix] Lee.
Bob Fawkes March 16, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Reasonable publishing costs here Thomas: http://diggypod.com/
Life long EH resident March 16, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Excuse me Jacob did you just use the word cavone ?????? Maybe just maybe YOU should choose your words a little more carefully. I am 1/2 Italian and I believe I just took offense to that so watch out I just may have to hire an attorney and have a march for this injustice !!!!!!
Bob Fawkes March 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Life Long Resident, I used the word cavone yesterday in the context of racist bigots being cavones. So, if you are a racist bigot then yes, in my book, you are a cavone. Hope this explaination clears things up for you. Thank you.
Life long EH resident March 16, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Sorry jacob I did not see that you said cavone yesterday because I have a job and do not have time to sit on the patch all day. I am neither a racist or a bigot but again like I stated unless you are looking to stir up more trouble for this town you need to choose your words more carefully so as not to offend ANY nationality.
CAjones March 16, 2012 at 07:51 PM
that logic makes you one a then maricóns than, I guess.
Bob Fawkes March 16, 2012 at 07:57 PM
No Mr. CabrónJones, you guessed wrong.
Bob Fawkes March 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
OK, I see your point. Thank you and have a nice weekend.
CAjones March 16, 2012 at 08:14 PM
What's good for the goose....... Mr. Jacobo! "Mr. CabrónJones" does have a nice ring to it, thanks maricónArbenz. Enjoy your weekend enemy of mine.... Drink one for me and I'll throw one over my shoulder in your honor!
CitizenVoice March 16, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Luigi: You jump to so many conclusions, it must be tiring on the legs. I thought what I said was pretty clear. I guess not. To clarify - my comment was in reference to The Patch keeping an argument going by highlighting Latino arrests while not mentioning any others. Its not like Latinos are the only people who commit crimes. It just seems like fodder for the ongoing bickering and insulting rhetoric common to this blog. This is unrelated, but you asked, you will find the "taxpayor money pot" in Lou's 3/16 @ 8:26 post. It just made me think of Lepechauns... tis the season. Ann: I know the papers are full of crime and arrest stories with criminals from all ethnic backgrounds, creeds & colors. My point was this little, itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie, local blog seems to focus on Latino arrests. I have come to the conclusion that it is just for argument sake, and I, for one, have had enough of the bickering. By the way, why are you so nasty?
CitizenVoice March 16, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Jacobo & Lou: Correct me if I'm wrong but don't all changes START from the ground up, with the petition? Civil Service testing would certainly rid the garden of some of the weeds. I think a little research in the area of how to bring about change would be a worth while project. Several recent recalls and referendums at the state level were all brought about by petitions. I don't know how many signatures it takes to get a referendum on the ballot at the local level but I'm gonna find out. It really is the only redress afforded to ordinary citizens.
Ann Della Camera March 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Citizen, seems to me Lou is right, read the papers check our jails, there are more Latino names in the news because they have committed a crime. I saw the articles as well as Lou did and both will be indited. To stab some one over a parking place is a pretty sick deed. So they make the papers.
Ann Della Camera March 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Jackobo, Please you are as far from my world as Mars, you are a trouble maker in every respect. As to Friends being hired in the Town Hall, start counting how many were giving jobs when Capone was in office. You have a big paddle and stir the pot for trouble whenever you can. Please don't try to put me in that world ,,
Ann Della Camera March 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Life long, I agree with you, calling anyone a cavone on here is an insult to any Italian. Jackobo needs the name I gave him for being such a mule. I am not italian but my Husband is and we have some lation's now in the family.@So be careful how you say cavones to anyone Jackobo. Nice going Life long.
Ann Della Camera March 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Citizen, excuse me!!!! How dare you call me nasty. I said what I read and do read. I own a house in New Haven which I rent at a fair price to latino tenents. Hopeing to give them a chance to save and someday buy their own home. The damage that is done is unbelievable, and we are not slum lords either. We repair, and paint and never raise the rent. So never, ever call me nasty, I am more than fair, and that is costing me plenty. Want to buy a house and you can have the problems I deal with weekly. This all because we try to give a chance to someone to make something of themselves. One of my former tenents just got out of jail on drug charges, still we gave him the oppertunity to come and get all the stuff he had in his unpaid garage. Which he did, and for his parents sake, I hope he finds a better life ahead, so maybe you can understand that most names I see in the paper are lations.
Rosie March 17, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Ok, I can't believe I'm saying this, but...wait for it...I agree with Jacobo. I also have always thought that ALL town jobs should be civil service jobs. That would totally eliminate nepotism and actually have the best and brightest fill the jobs, most of which are important to the town. I am sure this kind of things happens in all towns, and it is a shame that it is allowed to happen, as many times the jobs are filled by people who do not have a clue.
Robin Carlson March 17, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Excellent idea, I would love to help.
CitizenVoice March 17, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Ann: I really have no clue how you treat or speak to people in person. I'm only referring to what I read in your comments and replies on this blog. For instance, insinuating I would want an investigation into the Cruz arrest or telling me I'm from another planet, or telling Jacobo he is a trouble-maker (these are a few of the milder snarks) when, in fact, he came up with some solid ideas. My point is, thoughts and ideas can be exchanged without the insertion of nasty phrasing. So, yes, this is why I "dare" ask you why your're being so nasty, and you're not the only one. Wouldn't it be nice not to have to wade through all the BS to find a thread of intelligent discussion? Good ideas for change are born in blogs like this one and can be brought to fruition with the cooperation of bright, enthusiastic people. We should all try to use it to the town's advantage.
Ann Della Camera March 17, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Citizen, at no time did I ever call anyone names, nor did Iinsult anyone. I have no idea where you are coming from in calling me nasty. I have made many good suggestions on here and even agreed with some I at times disagree with it what they said was intelligent. I treat people with respect which is how I was brought up. Seems to my your the POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK!! Anyone who knows me in person, would tell you what kind of person I am, so get off my back, I can be nice to a point. I don't call you names please don't call me any.
Ann Della Camera March 17, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Tell me Citizen, why was it you did not chastize jacobo for calling people cavones, or is he one of your friends and immune because you know him?
stacey steele May 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Juan Cruz is not here illegally nor is he an East Haven resident.That is not the correct address.I dont understand why a name can cause people to argue like this.Juan Cruz is the father of my 5 beautiful, smart daughters who just so happen to have his last name.I am white and my children have taken after me in skin color so I suppose they will be accepted until they introduce themselves....how is it fair to judge by a name?Juans issue is his temper and anger...not his race.Btw, he is half black and half Puerto Rican, I can only imagine what would have been said if that was mentioned in the article.


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