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. 

Christina Waller January 19, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I agree heather. Matt and Kyle's lawyer will prove that. The lawyers will also get charges against everyone involved in that fight. Matt and Kyl should not be the only two arrested. stay strong heather it will all come out.
Christina Waller January 19, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Justice has not been served. The naugatuck police department need to arrest the others that were in the fight and the person who threw the party serving alcohol to minors. These two were not the only ones responsible for this and should not be treated that way.
Cheryl Cuff January 19, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Marilyn how right you are. Someone hits you with a beer bottle so you assalt them to the point that they are nearly dead and they think they should get to walk away. because he hit them first so punch him back hit him over the head but attempting to kill him come on!
Cheryl Cuff January 19, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Ashley how did he set himself up by going to the party? By throwing the first punch? Come on tell us because no matter what he did them throwing him out a window to drop 40 feet does not make it a fair fight!
Cheryl Cuff January 19, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Well wouldn't it be nice if Sal were hurt as bad as your brother. I am sure Sal's family would rather he be sitting in a cell next to your brother then lying in a hospital bed fighting for his life. I hope to god you are praying for him to pull thru otherwise te good boys might be facing a much more serious charge.
Rick January 19, 2013 at 09:18 PM
If people are leaving comment some sound like they know what happened they should talk to the police. One person in hospital two arrested.I seen Sal last night.He did not deserve that,hang in there Sal.Your baby girl needs you to pull through this.Sal you are strong hang in there.The family is here for you.Your daughter needs you to wake up.
Rick January 19, 2013 at 09:50 PM
People are saying things sounds like they know somethings so talk to the police.I was not there but last night I was by Sal's side.He is laying down tubes in his mouth,his family praying and crying.The two boys in a cell awake talking eating walking their family talking texting want their boys to walk out.Sal's family just want Sal to wake up and live.His little girl waiting for her daddy to come home.Sal please stay strong we are here for you.To people that knows something please do the right thing talk to the police.Sal hang in there we all are praying for you.
TrutHbTold January 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM
God bless all partys
SR512 January 20, 2013 at 03:26 AM
I agree with Cheryl completely! They're punks and I don't care what anyone is saying that Sal hit him first a hit is a hit nothing compared to a kick out a window! So if Sal supposedly hit him first why was that is it that your brother was the one with the baseball bat??? And how would you know?? We're you there?? Anyways all that know Sal are praying for him and we will get justice!!!! Especially for his daughter! #JusticeForSal
SAL IS NOT INNOCENT EITHER January 20, 2013 at 03:58 PM
lmao at cheryl and SR512.. if you read the paper, police have stated how sal threw not only an AQUARIUM but also a computer monitor over a girls head at te party.. he is NOT innocent. he should be cuffed to his effin bed. and funny how police found him about an hour and half after it happened- obviously his friend dont care AT ALL about it.. most people would have looked for him if they cared. but insted they all ran because they werescared for themselevs.. maybe he wouldnt be as bad if his friends didnt leave him for dead and they found him soon....
Christina Waller January 20, 2013 at 09:07 PM
I agree with you. I feel bad for Sal and his family. I really do. I hope he pulls through this so that he can face the charges that should be brought on him too. EVERYONE at that party should be charged with something. How do you not know your friend is bleeding to death on a curb for an HOUR? Nice friends.
Cheryl Cuff January 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM
No where does the article state he was found and hour and a half later. But why should anyone believe the hostess of this so called party she deserves to be in jail also serving alchol to minors is a crime. She has good reason to lie the two good boys also have good reason to lie. Sal is the one lying in the hospital fighting for his life of course we can;t get his side to the story. As far as everything else the neighbors all say that house has partying and screaming all hours of the night/
Cheryl Cuff January 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM
The woman who hosted the party, Stephanie Dwyer, told police that Martinez smashed a large aquarium that held a gecko on her head during the melee. When she tried to rise, he hit her on the head with a computer monitor, she told police. Therefore admiting to hosting a party with underage drinkers why no arrest there. Most people would be out after the aquarium was smashed on their head not trying to get up and then getting hit on the head with a computer moniter. How is she doing still in the hospital? I do agree with you if his friends did just leave him there shame on them underage drinking or not you don't leave someone there to die they certainly are not his true friends.If you are truly friends with the accused you should be praying he pulls thru or they may face much stiffer charges.
SR512 January 21, 2013 at 02:49 PM
I have not seen anything about police finding him an hour and a half later. Its really funny to me how Sal is the blame of everything and as i said even if an aquarium were broken thats no reason for him to be fighting for his life!!!! The hostess should be charged for sure and @Christina how can you say that you hope he pulls through so he can face charges. Thats nice cause he isnt suffering enough right now smh I dont get how anybody can be worried about that right now
Cheryl Cuff January 21, 2013 at 03:40 PM
It is easy to blame everything on someone who can't defend themselves .
Jessica B January 21, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Im sorry, I don't know the whole story but If someone comes at me with a beer bottle, I'm doing whatever it takes to defend myself. I don't feel self defense is wrong and accidents happen. I don't care what this article says, Matt would not intentionally push someone out a window, so continue to argue amongst yourselves and waste your time. Apparently you all have nothing better to do anyways... All involved are in my prayers.
Cheryl Cuff January 21, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Like I said easy to blame someone in a coma who can't tell there side. The police has already said there are so many diffent stories who knows what to believe. Matt might not do it intentionally but alchol does impair your judgement and people will do things when they are drunk that they might never do sober. Also I don't believe a beer bottle would kill you? Still praying for you Sal be strong your little girl needs you!
Cynthia Betkoski January 22, 2013 at 02:18 PM
I just want to say that my prayers are with all involved. Being a parent myself, I can not imagine being on either side of this. I pray for a good outcome on both sides. Most of all, I pray that this young man has a chance to grow old and live a normal life.
lou January 23, 2013 at 07:50 PM
becouse if he did hit someone with a monitor or bottle or anything then yes he should b cuffed to his bed. the 2 men in jail were beaten by 5 men at the party none of them were arrested or charged with anything how fair is thaqt and just to clear it up SAL DID HIT BOTH OF THEM WITH BOTTLES.
lou January 23, 2013 at 08:14 PM
wow justice for sal and (we will get justice) be careful sounds alot like a threat is that y ur name is SR512
Lynn January 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM
The two men in jail were beaten by 5 guys??? The pictures tell the truth Lou...
Christina Waller January 24, 2013 at 02:25 AM
They were. They just happen to be better fighters. Those boys picked the wrong two guys to start a fight with. The truth will all be out soon. Those five guys will have charges against them too.
Christina Waller January 24, 2013 at 02:26 AM
they have family. That is not right to say.
Cheryl Cuff January 24, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Lou were you there? If not how do you know he hit both of them? If the two in jail were beaten by 5 guys they must of been 5 wussy guys because if 5 guys ganged together and beat up 2 guys it seems that the 2 guys would have a lot more injuries?
lou January 24, 2013 at 06:55 AM
lynn f you must b blind then both of them have bad injuries from being hit with bottles and jumped by sal and his friends. the whole thing could have gone the other way it could be 2 men in hospital and sal up on charges think before u make comments assumption is the mother of all F-ups
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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