Police: Bridgeport teen arrested after smashing car window in Fairfield

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A mugshot of Christian Rivera-Hernandez, 19, of Anthony Street in Bridgeport, Conn., provided following his arrest in November 2020.

A mugshot of Christian Rivera-Hernandez, 19, of Anthony Street in Bridgeport, Conn., provided following his arrest in November 2020.

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FAIRFIELD — A Bridgeport teen has been charged after police said he smashed a window on a vehicle in town earlier this month.

Christian Rivera-Hernandez, 19, of Anthony Street in Bridgeport, was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, criminal attempt at sixth-degree larceny and delivery of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken into custody on Jan. 8.

Around 7:15 a.m. that morning, officers responded to a report from homeowners on Riverside Drive who said a male suspect just smashed a window on one of their vehicles parked outside, police said.

The homeowners told officers their vehicle was parallel parked on the road in front of their house when they heard the car’s alarm go off. When they checked outside, they saw a man leaning into the vehicle and then run off toward Route 1, police said.

Officers reported that the front-seat passenger-side window was smashed and the sunroof looked like someone had tried to pry it open, police said.

The homeowners provided police with a description of the suspect.

Patrols in the area soon found the suspect, later identified as Rivera-Hernandez on Route 1, police said.

He was found in possession of drug paraphernalia, a screw driver, a knife and two box cutters, police said. He was arrested and taken to headquarters to be processed on the charges.

Rivera-Hernandez was given a Jan. 28 court date.

Police said Rivera-Hernandez was previously arrested after he crashed in a stolen vehicle while trying to evade law enforcement in November 2020.

A yellow Ford F150 truck was stolen from a Kings Highway East resident’s property on Nov. 23, 2020, police said.

Two days later, Westport police told surrounding towns they saw the truck headed north on Interstate 95 around 2 a.m. State police caught up with the driver and tried to get him to pull over.

Police said the driver instead took off before getting off Exit 25, where Fairfield police units deployed stop sticks. The device punctured one tire, but the driver continued until crashing on Hanover Street in Bridgeport.

The driver, later identified as Rivera-Hernandez, got out of the truck and took off running, but was quickly taken into custody by state troopers, Bridgeport and Fairfield police, the report said.

Rivera-Hernandez was charged with third-degree larceny, interfering with police and misuse of plates after he was driving a stolen vehicle, police said. At the time of that arrest, he also had two active warrants out of Bridgeport on failures to appear in court on unrelated charges.