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.
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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.