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    Friday, August 12, 2022

    Two arrested after paintball shots fired at pedestrian, motorcyclists in Norwich

    Norwich — Two men face charges stemming from two incidents in which a pedestrian and a motorcyclist reported a person in a minivan shot at them with a paintball-type gun Wednesday afternoon in downtown Norwich.

    Jared Martin, 20, of 17 Hillcrest St. was charged with third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and breach of peace in connection with the incidents and on a separate charge of second-degree failure to appear in court. He was released on a $12,500 cash bond.

    Blaise Beaucejour, 19, of 7 Waldo Road was charged with accessory to second-degree reckless endangerment, accessory to breach of peace and interfering with a police officer. He was released on a $1,500 bond.

    Both are scheduled to appear July 14 in Norwich Superior Court.

    Police said they received a call about the first incident at 3:09 p.m. Wednesday from a pedestrian on Franklin Street, who reported that a minivan had pulled alongside him and fired at him with a pellet or paintball gun. The pedestrian gave police a description of the van and a partial license plate number and description of some of the occupants.

    As patrol officers continued to search for the van, a second call came in at 4:28 p.m. from a motorcyclist who said he and his passenger were stopped at the intersection of Market and Water streets, when a silver minivan pulled up behind him and someone from the minivan fired several paintballs at them, striking the passenger several times in the back. The motorcyclist was able to provide the plate number to dispatchers.

    Police reviewed city security cameras and discovered the attack on the motorcyclist and his passenger was captured on video. Police located the suspect minivan on West Thames Street and the occupants and recovered two Orbeez-type water gel guns.

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