Suspect involved in violent assault captured

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven man is in custody after police said he violently assaulted a woman on Nonquit Street Wednesday afternoon, stole her car, crashed and left it in New Haven, then returned to West Haven where he was eventually caught.

Police identified their suspect as Michael Cooper, 30, of Poplar St.  He got into an accident in the area of Whalley Avenue and Anthony Street in New Haven.

West Haven police booking photo of Michael Cooper, Apr. 16, 2014.
West Haven police booking photo of Michael Cooper, Apr. 16, 2014.

“I was woken up by the banging that I heard below,” said New Haven resident Richard Munson.

The 2005 Toyota Camry sustained significant damage to the rear.

Back on Nonquit Street, locals were shaken after hearing a neighbor had to be hospitalized after the alleged assault about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“I got two kids,” said Tim Papuga. “Here’s one right here (pointing to son in passenger seat) and I’ve got a little girl. You’re not even safe at your own house anymore.”

The victim’s ID was discovered in the suspect’s pocket, police said.

Cooper is charged with multiple crimes including home invasion, strangulation, assault, robbery, and larceny. He’s expected to appear in court Thursday.

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