Volunteer Firefighter Accused of Breaking Into Newtown Home, Attacking Occupant

Newtown Police Department

A volunteer firefighter and a 17-year-old are accused of breaking into a Newtown home and attacking one of its occupants.

Brian Anthony Carriero, 18, of Monroe, has been charged with first-degree burglary, disorderly conduct and third-degree assault. A 17-year-old suspect also accused in the crime faces the same charges.

Carriero and the 17-year-old are accused of breaking into a home on Elizabeth Street shortly before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. When confronted by the occupants, the pair attacked one and punched the victim in the face, then fled, according to police.

Police said that the victims knew Carriero and his companion.

Police said Carriero is a volunteer firefighter in Monroe and was found and arrested at a firefighter training course in Trumbull.

Fire officials at the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department said Carriero is not a member of their department but said to their knowledge he is a member of the Stevenson Volunteer Fire Company. NBC Connecticut reached out to the Stevenson Volunteer Fire Company, but they chose not to comment.

Carriero was held on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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