Second Arrest Made In Motorcycle Club Stabbing

Juan Baptista-Roman surrenders at New London Police Department

A second man wanted by the New London Police Department in connection with a Sept. 22 stabbing at a downtown motorcycle club has surrendered to police.

Deputy Chief Peter Reichard said 31-year-old Juan Baptista-Roman, of 5 Lorenzo Street in Waterford, turned himself in at the police department headquarters at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. A warrant was issued for Baptista-Roman's arrest on Friday, charging first-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Baptista-Roman's brother, 34-year-old Jose Roman of 241 Elm Street, was arrested on Saturday evening on the same charges. Both men are accused of involvement in a stabbing that occurred during a brawl at the Wild Style Motorcycle Club. Roman is the club's president and Baptista-Roman is vice president.

Police received a report of a stabbing at 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 and found 26-year-old Anthony Swift of New London suffering from multiple wounds caused by an edged weapon. The injuries were considered life-threatening, and Swift was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for emergency surgery. He has since recovered and been released.

Police determined that the stabbing occurred during a fight at the club, which is located on the lower level of 130 Bank Street with frontage on South Water Street. The fight began inside the club and extended out into the parking lot and South Water Street. Also injured were Jairo Perez, 28, of Guilford, who suffered several head and facial injuries after being struck by a large wooden object; Henry Albino, 31, of New London, who had lacerations to his face and ear; and Miguel Albino, 33, of New London, who suffered a possible broken leg while trying to run from the site. All three men were treated and released from Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.

The clubhouse was shut down on the order of the city's zoning enforcement officer, who said it did not have a proper permit to run a club at the location. The correspondence involved in the cease and desist order is included on the agenda for a special meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday.

Baptista-Roman's only criminal history in Connecticut is a misdemeanor charge of driving under suspension from last year. Roman has a felony criminal conviction of sale of hallucinogenic or narcotic drugs. He was sentenced in January of 2010 to three years in prison, suspended after one year, with three years of probation. He also has a total of five misdemeanor convictions on motor vehicle, drug possession, and breach of peace charges.

The men are each being held on a $400,000 bond and are scheduled to make their initial court appearances this morning at the G.A. 10 Courthouse.

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Carol D. Fox October 01, 2012 at 08:12 PM
@Spencer: For your information, one can usually buy a bail bond for about 10% of the full amount of the bail. This premium is the bond seller's fee for taking the risk that one won't appear in court. So, actually, the get out of jail card is to get bonds of $40,000 each. If either of them own real estate, they could always use that as collaterial.
Ashley Campbell October 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I never said it states only these tei, but as spencer replied it is only these 2 that are being focused on, and charged. The part that confuses me is that its $400,000 for each of and thats for "being accused of involvement". Not being involved, just accused of being involved. A man was in police logs for providing alcohol to a minor and got a court date. How is that justice?
Carol D. Fox October 01, 2012 at 10:08 PM
@Ashley: Your not reading or comprehending it correctly. The main charge is the 1st degree assault which is probably a felony, and, carrying a dangerous weapon. Those are the criminal charges that the bond is based on. The part about being involved is the author's way of explaining why they were arrested, NOT what they were arrested for..
Dirk Langeveld October 02, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I always try to make sure the wording is such that it says people are accused or arrested on charges rather than "arrested for," since that implies guilt and defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Both people accused in this case made their initial appearance in court today. It's standard procedure that a court date is required within a certain time after arrest if a person cannot make their bond so they can argue for a reduction in their bond. A judge will reject or grant a reduction (or partial reduction) based on points raised by the prosecutor and defense attorney. At this point the bonds have not been reduced and the affidavits in the arrest warrants are still sealed.
Spencer October 02, 2012 at 12:34 AM
And still nobody elses name mentioned--Dirk?


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