A Homeland Street man, with the help of a friend, is accused of assaulting his nephew and later tried to get him to change his story with the promise of a new X-box game system, according to police.
Salman J. Sumra, 28, called his 12-year-old nephew out to the garage Sunday afternoon on the pretense that he wanted to show him something, police said. When the nephew walked into the garage, he was tripped by Sumra's friend, Raheem Salaam Jefferson, 31, and then attacked by the two men, police said.
The nephew had a scrape on his back from the attack, which he told police was in retaliation for an argument he'd had the day before with his grandmother.
Jefferson fled the scene after the attack, according to police.
Jefferson later offered the X-box to the 12-year-old if he recanted his story, police said, and Sumra told the boy to tell police that his injuries were caused after he was attacked by youths on Park Avenue, according to the report.
Sumra was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and tampering with a witness. Jefferson, who lives on Andrew Street, Stratford, was charged with disorderly conduct, third-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and bribery of a witness.
Both men were held on bonds of $10,000 each and were scheduled to have appeared Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court.