N.Y. man charged with murder in death of New London woman at Norwich bar

David Grant was charged Monday in connection with a June 24 double shooting at the Mai Thai restaurant and bar in Norwich.
Courtesy Norwich Police David Grant was charged Monday in connection with a June 24 double shooting at the Mai Thai restaurant and bar in Norwich.

Police charged a Brooklyn, N.Y., man Monday in connection with the murder of one woman and the shooting of another at the Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar on Laurel Hill Avenue in Norwich on June 24.

David J. Grant, 33, had been arrested by Baltimore, Md., police on unrelated charges. They were holding him as a fugitive from justice after finding he was wanted in connection with the shooting at the Laurel Hill Avenue bar. Grant then waived extradition and was brought back to Connecticut. He was held on a $2.1 million bond Monday and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Norwich Superior Court.

Police charged him with murder, first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver and two counts of violation of probation.

In the June 24 shooting, Donna L. Richardson, 45, of 127 Hempstead St., New London, suffered a fatal wound to the chest. Another unidentified woman was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the upper right thigh.

Police quickly identified Grant, whose last known address in Norwich was on Adelaide Road, as the shooter. Grant has a lengthy criminal record in Connecticut with four convictions for third-degree assault, two for violation of probation and convictions for burglary, threatening and disorderly conduct.

Another city man who told police he fired a shot into the air after the shooting was charged in July with carrying a pistol without a permit, unlawful discharge of a firearm, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Devan Jarmon, 24, allegedly went to the front parking lot of the bar and fired one round from his 9 mm pistol after people came into the bar screaming that somebody had been shot on the bar's back deck.

At his arraignment, a judge set Jarmon's bond at $165,000, citing his previous felony convictions for possession of narcotics, third-degree assault and failure to appear in court. He is still being held at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institution.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, police interviewed a Laurel Hill Avenue neighbor of the Mai Thai who had been awakened by the 1:50 a.m. shooting. The police discovered that a stray bullet had penetrated the wall and the ceiling of the man's bedroom and spare bedroom.

Jarmon said he fled across the street and ditched the gun beneath a car. Police recovered the gun, a 9mm Maverick, loaded with five rounds of ammunition, the same day.

Another neighbor gave police a bloody sneaker that her child had found in the nearby woods. Police went to the spot and found a keying with grocery store scan cards and attached keys. They took the Stop & Shop card to the local grocery store and learned it belonged to Jarmon.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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