BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A 53-year-old Bridgeport man will spend six years behind bars for possession of a stolen gun and silencer — items that turned up as part of an investigation into a rape.
Roberto Vasquez was also sentenced to three years of supervised release after his prison term by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven, said U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in November 2013, Vasquez offered an 18-year-old woman who had just left an abusive relationship to move in with him.
But after a few weeks, he became physically and sexually abusive toward her, and she left him without taking her belongings.
Vasquez then lured her back into his apartment, barricaded the door and closed the windows. He then choked and punched her, placed a sock in her mouth and raped her while holding a gun and silencer to her head.
On March 5, 2014, the victim reported the abuse to a Connecticut probation officer and said Vasquez kept a gun in a hutch in the dining room of the apartment and a silencer in a closet.
Later that day, a Bridgeport Police officer retrieved a loaded .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol from the hutch in Vasquez’s apartment. On March 17, 2014, a search of the apartment turned up a .22-caliber silencer.
He was arrested at that time.
Both the pistol and silencer had been reported stolen.
Forensic analysis of his cellphone revealed a recording of the rape and other recordings that confirmed he had abused the victim.
He has been detained since his arrest. On May 3, 2016, he pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen silencer.
He pleaded guilty in state court to unlawful restraint.