Reputed gang member charged with carjacking woman and her young son

Exterior, Fairfield County Courthouse on Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, Conn.

Exterior, Fairfield County Courthouse on Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, Conn.

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BRIDGEPORT — A teenaged reputed gang member free on bond on rape charges has been rearrested after police said he carjacked a local woman and her young son.

“I’m looking for a little leniency. I’ve got a 2-month-old son and I’m getting ready to graduate,” 18-year-old Marcus Arriaga pleaded with Superior Court Judge Peter McShane during Arriaga’s arraignment Monday afternoon. “Just some leniency.”

But McShane retorted “This is disturbing. It just doesn’t get more serious than this. I have a duty to protect the community.”

The judge ordered Arriaga, who is charged with carjacking, first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, first-degree reckless endangerment, risk of injury to a child and gun charges, held in lieu of $500,000 bond. He continued the case to May 18.

According to Police Detective Todd Hoben, shortly before 1 p.m. April 15, a local woman was stopped at the intersection of Berkshire Avenue and Brooks Street with her 8-year-old son in the back seat when a man, later identified as Arriaga, approached the driver’s side window, stuck a gun in the woman’s face and told her to give him everything she had.

When the woman told Arriaga, she didn’t have any money, police said Arriaga allegedly ordered her to give him her cell phone. The woman allegedly told Arriaga her son was in the back of the car and begged him not to hurt them, police said.

Arriaga then allegedly told the woman, “Get out of the car. I’m shooting both you guys. I’m taking the car,” police said.

Police said the woman allegedly continued to beg Arriaga not to hurt her or her son as they got out of the car but Arriaga allegedly responded, “I don’t care, I’ll shoot both of you guys right now.”

Arriaga allegedly finally agreed not to shoot them as long as they didn’t call police, according to reports. He then drove away in the woman’s car.

Police said the woman later identified Arriaga as her assailant through a police photo array.

On Friday, members of the FBI Safe Street Task Force, armed with an arrest warrant for Arriaga, traced him to an apartment in Success Village.

Police said task force members set up a surveillance outside the apartment and a short time later spotted Arriaga leaving the apartment while talking on his cell phone. As task force members approached him, police said Arriaga took off running.

Police said officers tackled Arriaga following a short foot chase. During a search, police said they found a loaded 9mm handgun in Arriaga’s waistband.

Police said Arriaga is a person of interest in several recent shootings in the city and is reputed to be a member of the Green Boyz gang.

At the time of his arrest on Friday, he was free on $100,000 bond following an arrest for first-degree sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and first-degree threatening.