MERIDEN — A local man faces charges of threatening and violating a protective order.
Wendell Suarez, 30, of 687 Hanover Rd., was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree burglary with a firearm, first-degree threatening, disorderly conduct, and violation of a protective order. He was charged in a separate incident with third-degree criminal mischief, conspiracy and carrying a pistol without a permit.
On July 24, police received a complaint from a woman who said she was woken up around 1:20 a.m. by Suarez putting his hands around her throat and shaking her, according to the arrest warrant. The woman said Suarez and five other men entered her home through a back door that was left open. The woman said Suarez, the subject of multiple protective orders, yelled at her and pulled out a firearm, threatening to kill her, the warrant noted. The woman told police her six children were asleep in the home while this was happening. Police were not able to locate Suarez immediately.
On Monday just before 11 p.m. police responded to the area of Geer Avenue for a report of four men removing catalytic converters from a truck. Officers identified one of them as Suarez.
Also arrested were Matthew Grier and Jorge Colon. Police found a bag of tools and noted one catalytic converter was already fully removed and a second was partially cut. Officers found a pistol in Grier’s possession, the report said.
Colon was charged with third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and interfering with police. Grier was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit third-degree criminal mischief.