Man charged with assaulting employee at New Britain visitor's center

Published on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 21:15
Written by Charles Paullin

@CPaullinNBH

NEW BRITAIN – The visitor’s center in downtown New Britain had an aggressive kind of visitor who allegedly attacked an employee there in December.

Elijah Simmons, 34, of Lawlor Street, is charged with second-degree breach of peace, first-degree criminal trespass, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree assault of an elderly victim.

According to the warrant for his arrest, Simmons went into the visitor’s center and demanded that management tell his ex-girlfriend, who lived in the apartments above the center, to stop harassing his new girlfriend.

The employee told Simmons that the center had nothing to do with managing the apartments and told him to leave after Simons became upset and approached the employee.

Simmons refused, then allegedly shoved the employee against the wall, and ripped his glasses off his face – causing them to break. The employee tried to defend himself, but Simmons threw him to the ground and punched him in the head. A co-worker threatened to call police and Simons fled.

As a result of the alleged assault, the victim suffered a bump on the side of his head, a cut above his eye and an abrasion beneath his right eye, a bruise larger than a softball on his back and broken prescription glasses that were estimated to cost $400 for replacement.

The co-worker corroborated the assault and provided a description of what Simmons was wearing that day, the warrant said.

During the investigation, police contacted the ex-girlfriend who said she believed Simmons was upset about her contacting his girlfriend.

The two employees could not identify Simmons out of a group of photographs, but a surveillance camera the city owns at the intersection of West Main and Washington streets showed a man wearing the same clothing description the co-worker provided enter the building and leave in less than a minute, the warrant said.

Police went to Simmons’ residence on Lawlor Street and found a car in the driveway that had two stickers on the rear bumper, which is similar to what was seen in the surveillance video.

He was arrested on Monday and charged.

Simmons is due back in court on May 31 after being arraigned in New Britain Superior Court. He remains in custody on $75,000 bond. He is to have no contact with the victim.

A state police records check showed Simmons is a convicted felon with a past arrest history for assault, sale of narcotics possession of narcotics and probation violation, the warrant for his arrest said.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 21:15. Updated: Tuesday, 14 May 2019 21:18.