BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport Police Chief Armando “AJ” Perez and Mayor Joe Ganim Wednesday presented Kyle Marrero,14, a new bicycle, which was purchased by two Bridgeport police detectives.
Marrero's bike was stolen during a strong-arm robbery in October, according to Bridgeport police.
He was riding his bike around his East Side neighborhood on Sunday, Oct. 16, when he was robbed and assaulted by two males, police said. They told him they had a gun and stole his bike.
Bridgeport Police Detectives Michael Fiumidinisi and Frank Delbouno who are assigned to the robbery squad responded to the scene to investigate the robbery.
Upon learning of the theft and meeting with Marrero’s mother, the detectives took the initiative to purchase a new bicycle for the young teen, police said.
The detectives arranged for a local bike shop, Spoke and Wheel on East Main Street, to build a new bike.
"Kyle is a good kid and this is the least we could do to cheer him up and get him back out riding his bike where he belongs," said Perez in a statement. "We have zero tolerance for anyone in this city who would do violence or intimidate someone out of having a good time just to steal their possessions. But while we’re out every day investigating crimes and dealing with bad actors, we also do what we can to help out the victims of crime and that is what we are here for – to serve the residents of Bridgeport."
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