WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A UPS worker accused of fatally assaulting a co-worker he was serving to ship packages advised police he stabbed the person earlier than fleeing into the woods, in keeping with an arrest warrant launched Thursday.
When he was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon by state troopers at a fuel station in Plymouth, Elijah David Bertrand, 19, of Bristol, requested officers, “What took you guys so lengthy to search out me,” in keeping with the warrant, posted online by the Waterbury Republican-American.
Bertrand was arraigned Thursday on homicide fees, accused of killing UPS driver Nathan Burk, 28, of Waterbury. The arrest warrant stated Bertrand was working as Burk’s “helper/runner” on Tuesday, the day of the assault.
A motive stays unclear.
Bond for Bertrand was stored at $2 million, WTNH-TV reported. His lawyer Robert Pickering requested that bond be decreased, arguing Bertrand was not a flight danger and has a robust connection to the state. Betrand is scheduled to seem in court docket once more Jan. 6.
Pickering advised The Related Press the case is “a horrible factor for all events concerned,” particularly contemplating it occurred simply earlier than Christmas and through the coronavirus pandemic.
“The empathy of my consumer’s household, it is unbelievable,” he stated. “Whether or not my consumer is accountable for this or not, the loss of life of this younger man by no means ought to have occurred through the vacation season.”
Bertrand and Burk apparently have been driving in the identical automobile, State Trooper Joseu Dorelus stated at a information convention Wednesday. In response to the arrest warrant, the pair stopped on the residence of Burk’s girlfriend and had dinner, staying for about an hour, earlier than they have been supposed to show within the UPS truck.
Burk’s girlfriend started calling her boyfriend a couple of half-hour later, anticipating he would have returned residence by then as a result of the home is close to the UPS warehouse. However the calls went unanswered, the warrant stated.
Troopers initially responded to a name about an accident involving a UPS truck in Watertown on Tuesday night. They discovered the automobile within the northbound shoulder of Route 8. Burk was unresponsive and slumped over the steering wheel, with what gave the impression to be stab wounds.
A folding model knife with blood on it, which Bertrand’s father later confirmed to police belonged to his son, was discovered on the scene, the warrant stated. Waterbury State’s Legal professional Maureen Platt stated in court docket that Burk had been stabbed eight occasions.
Burk was taken to a hospital and pronounced useless.
Dozens of Burk’s family members and associates gathered outdoors the Watertown UPS facility Wednesday. Some told NBC Connecticut they need solutions.
“It’s simply heartbreaking. We simply need to know why. Why did this occur to him? He was such a very good soul,” stated Kerry Langdeau, of Waterbury, advised the TV station.
“Bought up within the morning. Was all set to most likely ship 200 packages and go residence and he’s by no means making it residence,” stated Sean O’Brien, secretary treasurer of Teamsters Joint Council 10, a labor union that represents drivers all throughout New England.
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