Two Connecticut State Police troopers are now finding themselves on the other side of the law — arrested for kidnapping and assault using a firearm.
The alleged assault occurred on February 18 at Trooper Xavier Cruz's home in Wethersfield when both him along with Trooper Rupert Laird, both 30 years old, were off-duty and partying with several other people. Rupert Laird's girlfriend, also at the party, was allegedly touched in the buttocks by a party-goer who had been flirting with her.
That party-goer left the party but when he returned home, his girlfriend wouldn't let him inside the apartment. That's when he texted Trooper Cruz asking him to come back to his house and Trooper Cruz said yes only to block his car in the driveway when he arrived, according to police.
The party-goer was taken inside the home and beaten up severely by Trooper Laird, him saying, "You know I can kill you, right? You know what, I'm not even going to do this because I am a cop, but I've got connections... If I was going to kill you no one would find the body," all while pointing a handgun to his chest, according to the arrest warrant.
Trooper Laird's defense attorney Morgan Rueckert claims that his client was only acting in self-defense.
But the assault didn't stop there.
Both troopers dragged the victim to the basement and punched him multiple times, kicked him repeatedly and even beat him with a baton relentlessly, leaving the victim bloodied.
According to the arrest warrant, the troopers then told the victim not to tell anyone what happened, and if anyone were to ask about his injuries, to say that he was drunk and fell.
The victim was then picked up by his girlfriend and went home and kept his mouth shut. A couple days after the assault, he was having difficulties breathing and believed his ribs were broken and was admitted to a hospital. A nurse called police after realizing the victim had been beaten, the victim then open to tell his story to the authorities.
Police discovered a trove of evidence at the house including the victim's bloodstains. Both troopers were arrested but have since been bailed out of jail, now under house arrest awaiting a March 29 hearing.
Needless to say, both troopers have been suspended from their jobs.