FAIRFIELD — Carlos G. Gonzalez has been arrested six times by Fairfield police since turning 18 three years ago.
Five of the arrests were for felonies and four of those involved violence. Gonzalez was in court Wednesday for a pair of probable cause hearings in which a neighbors described Gonzalez shooting at them, threatening, attacking and beating them.
Gonzalez’s first adult arrest was for carrying a loaded and concealed gun. Prosecutors made a plea deal with him, reducing the felony to a misdemeanor and putting him on probation, which he violated repeatedly and judges repeatedly put him back on probation.
Gonzalez’s second and third arrests, for felony child abuse and felony battery, were dealt with in similar fashion – with prosecutors agreeing to reduce the charges to misdemeanors, followed by judges placing him back on probation. A 2014 misdemeanor vandalism arrest, occurring a few days before the most-recent alleged crimes, is still unresolved.
Gonzalez’s most-recent felony charges arose from alleged violent outbursts during two consecutive days in February. During the probable cause hearings, a neighbor described a gun-toting Gonzalez kicking in a back door of his Empire Street home with two other men who then rifled the home before fleeing. The violent burglary was allegedly followed by Gonzalez trying to run down the neighbor with a getaway car on a nearby yard where the neighbor had tried to run to safety from his house.
The previous night, another neighbor testified, she had been awakened by Gonzalez hitting her in the head with a gun and threatening her, before fleeing her Indiana Street home with her purse. She ran to a nearby gas station and was later treated at a nearby hospital for a serious head wound.
Judge Robert C. Fracchia ordered Gonzalez, now 21, to stand trial on burglary, assault, robbery and related charges. Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 13 on his newest charges.
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