Watertown, Connecticut — A UPS worker accused of fatally assaulting a co-worker he was serving to ship packages instructed police he stabbed the person earlier than fleeing into the woods, in keeping with in keeping with an arrest warrant launched Thursday. His arrest got here after a 15-hour manhunt, reviews CBS Hartford affiliate WFSB-TV.
When he was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon by state troopers at a fuel station in Plymouth, Elijah David Bertrand, 19, of Bristol, requested officers, “What took you guys so lengthy to search out me?” in keeping with the warrant.
The doc stated Bertrand was discovered after he used his debit card on the fuel station, WFSB stated.
Bertrand was arraigned Thursday on homicide prices, accused of killing UPS driver Nathan Burk, 28, of Waterbury. The arrest warrant stated Bertrand was working as Burk’s “helper/runner” on Tuesday, the day of the assault.
A motive stays unclear.
Bond for Bertrand was saved at $2 million, WFSB stated.
His lawyer, Robert Pickering, requested that bond be diminished, arguing Bertrand wasn’t a flight threat and has a robust connection to the state. Betrand is scheduled to seem in court docket once more Jan. 6.
Pickering instructed The Related Press the case is “a horrible factor for all events concerned,” particularly contemplating it occurred simply earlier than Christmas and throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“The empathy of my consumer’s household, it is unbelievable,” he stated. “Whether or not my consumer is chargeable for this or not, the dying of this younger man by no means ought to have occurred throughout the vacation season.”
Bertrand and Burk apparently had been driving in the identical car, State Trooper Joseu Dorelus stated at a information convention Wednesday. In response to the arrest warrant, the pair stopped on the dwelling of Burk’s girlfriend and had dinner, staying for about an hour, earlier than they had been supposed to show within the UPS truck.
Burk’s girlfriend started calling her boyfriend a couple of half-hour later, anticipating he would have returned dwelling by then as a result of the home is close to the UPS warehouse. However the calls went unanswered, the warrant stated.
Troopers initially responded to a name about an accident involving a UPS truck in Watertown on Tuesday night. They discovered the car within the northbound shoulder of Route 8. Burk was unresponsive and slumped over the steering wheel, with what seemed to be stab wounds.
A folding fashion knife with blood on it, which Bertrand’s father later confirmed to police belonged to his son, was discovered on the scene, the warrant stated. Waterbury State’s Lawyer Maureen Platt stated in court docket that Burk had been stabbed eight instances.
Burk was taken to a hospital and pronounced lifeless.
Dozens of Burk’s family members and associates gathered exterior the Watertown UPS facility Wednesday. Many stated they need solutions.
“All of us wanna know. All of us wanna know why,” one instructed WFSB.
“It is simply heartbreaking. … He was such a superb soul,” stated Kerry Langdeau, of Waterbury, remarked to NBC Connecticut.
“Bought up within the morning. Was all set to most likely ship 200 packages and go dwelling and he is by no means making it dwelling,” stated Sean O’Brien, secretary treasurer of Teamsters Joint Council 10, a labor union that represents drivers throughout New England.