Meriden man charged with assault, threatening

Meriden man charged with assault, threatening


MERIDEN — A city man faces charges after police said he assaulted a man and threatened to kill him in June.

James Michael Rivera, 40, of 3 S. Broad Street, is charged with third-degree assault and first-degree threatening. He was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday.

On June 20, police interviewed an assault victim at MidState Medical Center. The man reported that he was walking near West Main Street and Cook Avenue at around 2 a.m. when a man matching Rivera’s description struck him in the face and kicked him several times, causing him to fall, according to Rivera’s arrest warrant.

Rivera then pulled a handgun from his waistband and stated, “You’re lucky I don’t kill you right now,” the warrant said.

Rivera was charged Monday after being identified in a photo lineup. During Tuesday’s arraignment, his bond was set at $50,000.

– Jeniece Roman


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