UPDATE: Two Men Charged in Falling Incident

Man fell from the fourth-story of an apartment building. Police say it was no accident.


This story was last updated at 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18

Two men have been charged in connection with an incident in which a Stratford man landed on pavement after falling 40 feet from the top floor of a four-story apartment buidling on Pond Street Wednesday morning.

Police are now saying Thursday night that the incident, which left 24-year-old Salomon Martinez hospitalized in critical condition, was no accident, but police don't have many details to share at this point.

"We are still trying to figure out exactly how he went out the window," said Lt. Bryan Cammarata, Naugatuck Police spokesman. "Unfortunately, the suspects are not being very cooperative. Ultimately, what it's going to come down to is the only possible way this guy went out the window is because of a scuffle in the apartment. He was either pushed out or he jumped out because he was trying to escape these guys. At no time did they try to help this guy."

Police arrested Matthew Chandler and Kyle Gonzalez, both 20 of Naugatuck, with first-degree assault and conspiracy at first-degree assault.

They were expected to be arraigned tomorrow (Friday) at Waterbury Superior Court. Police did not release their bond arrangements, and they were believed to be held while they await their arraignment.

The incident that led to their arrests started at 2:27 a.m. on Wednesday, when police responded to a report of a fall victim. When police arrived to the multi-family house, they found Martinez laying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood; he wasn't moving. Police said he had serious head and body injuries.

Martinez was reportedly on life support at Waterbury Hospital, where he was still listed in critical condition as of Thursday.

If his condition worsens, Chandler and Gonzalez would face harsher charges, police said.

Editor's Note: Police originally said they were charged with more crimes, but those were considered and not actually charged at this point, said Lt. Bryan Cammarata. The above charges are now correct. Thank you. 

free matt & kg January 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Free matt free kg both innocent
lester213 January 25, 2013 at 08:25 AM
You all should just shut up already. I knew matt growing up and he isn't that kind of kid. He knows right from wrong. So my opinion is, leave it alone. It is up to the law to figure it out and all you people on here are doing is making things worse. If you have something to say then say it to the persons face.and stop shit talking on here. Grow up already.
SR512 January 25, 2013 at 06:34 PM
@ Lou it's not a threat at all actually means the truth will come out eventually and justice will be served and I don't care how many bottles were thrown or whatever the fact of the matter is that Sal is fighting for his life and a lot more damage done to him then these kids that have a few scratches. I don't know any of these people except Sal and I've even heard how these kids were bragging about what they did after they did it but now all of a sudden playing innocent and also it says the police were there for a fight before hand and arrested or charged one of these kids so why was he even still at this party.
Cheryl Cuff January 26, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Rip in peace Sal Justice will be served and the truth will come out and your name will be cleared because those of us who know you know you would never hit a woman. We love you and you are now are guardian angel RIP until we meet again.
SR512 January 27, 2013 at 02:00 AM
R.I.P Sal u are a great father, friend, son, brother! You will always be remembered & loved! Still waiting for the truth <3


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