Between March 23 and March 29 Guilford police made an arrest in a sexual assault case involving a 13 year-old victim, responded to an early morning home assault resulting in injuries and fielded calls regarding vandals uncapping five fire hydrants in town, flooding areas and creating a fire response hazard.
On March 23, police charged Jason Riordan Murphy, 25, of 18 Maplecrest Drive, with three counts of second-degree sexual assault. Police issued a warrant for Murphy’s arrest after investigating a notification made March 23 by the guardians of a 13 year-old female involved in a sexual relationship occurring between her and a 25 year-old male. Murphy was additionally charged with three counts of risk of injury to a minor, enticing a minor via computer and misrepresentation of age to entice a minor. Murphy turned himself in on the warrant and was held on a $150,000 pending his March 31 arraignment date. Police are continuing this investigation in the event more victims are identified and come forward.
On March 29, at 4:49 a.m., patrol units responded to 6 Hart Landing to investigate a report of an assault/home invasion, in which people were reported to be injured. Officers arrived on scene to find two adults suffering from physical injuries; with one requiring transportation to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment. The second adult victim was treated at the scene. A suspect has been identified and should not be considered dangerous to the public at large, according to police. The Guilford Police Detective Unit is actively investigating this case.
Police also responded to multiple criminal mischief cases reported in the overnight hours of Thurs. March 27 into Friday morning, March 28; and again Friday night into Saturday morning, March 29. In the overnight hours of March 27 into the morning of March 28, police investigated criminal mischief reported to two fire hydrants, one located on Three Mile Course and the other on Colonial Road. Overnight on March 28 and early into March 29, three more incidents occurred, with hydrants vandalized on Schoolside Lane, Stonehouse Lane and East River Road. In each of the five cases, the fire hydrants were uncapped and opened up by unknown individuals. The open hydrants then flooded the surrounding areas until the damage was discovered and could be secured.
Police said Connecticut Water Co. personnel noted the resulting drop in water pressure and water supply left the town without an adequate supply of water to fight a major fire, had one occurred. Parties responsible for the crimes may be charged with Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree, a Class D Felony for which the penalty is incarceration up to 5 years and/or a fine up to $5000. Other charges may also apply, as well as civil penalties. Anyone with any information pertaining to these incidents may contact the Guilford Police Dept. at (203) 453-8061 or send an email via the department website, www.guilfordpd.com