Police Pursue Stronger Charges in Falling Incident

Following the death of Salomon Martinez, Naugatuck police are looking for harsher penalties.


The Naugatuck Police Department is pursuing harsher charges for two men involved in the death of a man who fell some 40 feet from a fourth-floor apartment at 8 Pond St. on Jan. 16.

Kyle Gonzalez and Matthew Chandler, both 20-year-old Naugatuck residents, were charged with assault and conspiracy at assault following the incident. But the victim, 24-year-old Salomon Martinez of Stratford, died in the hospital over the weekend. Police say his death was a result of injuries sustained in the fall and could change the case.

Naugatuck police are working in conjunction with the Waterbury State's Attorney's Office to determine any future charges. The case is an ongoing investigation, police say.

Gonzalez and Chandler are jailed in lieu of $500,000 bonds.

 Police say they assaulted Martinez before he died, but say they do not know exactly how he died because Gonzalez and Chandler are not being forthcoming with information. The incident occurred after a night of binge drinking that ended in a melee in the apartment.




Cheryl Cuff February 03, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Sincce when is it illegal to drive from stratford to naugatuck to attend a party on a wednesday night? Is it a crime because you have a child to do this? As long as you have a sitter and your over 21 who cares.
granny February 04, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I have been really paitent when are the Naugatuck police going to file harsher charges against these two kids that killed Sal? It has been over a week since he died and I am waiting for them to be charged with his death.
SR512 February 06, 2013 at 05:10 AM
They need to already it has been long enough!
Cheryl Cuff March 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Does anyone know what is going on with this case I heard that the naugatuck police arrested more people regarding that night but nothing on here about it??
Paul Singley March 26, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Cheryl: The police have not made any more arrests in this case. I will triple check with the Naugatuck PD tomorrow. The state has not filed any further charges than what is mentioned in this article. Matthew Chandler is due back in court on April 29. Kyle Gonzalez is due back in court on April 25.


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