Police: Disturbance leads to slashed tire, arrest in Waterbury

WATERBURY — A man was arrested after slashing a tire on another man’s vehicle following an argument, according to police.

Police and first responders were called to the Brass Mill Center shopping mall on Union Street for a possible assault around 5:55 p.m. Thursday, police Lt. David Silverio said.

“Mall security was with a male who had a laceration to his hand, which appeared to be not life-threatening,” he said.

While patrol officers investigated, and as medics assessed the cut to the individual’s left index finger, a caller reported to police dispatch a disturbance where a car tire was slashed, Silverio said.

The 23-year-old caller told police it happened in the area of Union and Washington streets.

Silverio said investigators learned that the man with the cut on his hand — 21-year-old Giovanni Rivera — was involved in a “disturbance” at a Woodtick Road home and in the area of Union and Washington streets, where he was injured.

Rivera was involved in an argument with a woman at the Woodtick Road house when a man intervened, Silverio said. Rivera is accused of grabbing the man’s phone and running out of the home, Silverio said.

The 23-year-old man left the Woodtick Road soon after and saw Rivera walking on Washington Street near Union Street, Silverio said.

The man got out to try to retrieve his phone, but Rivera went to the back of the man’s car and slashed or cut the right rear tire, according to Silverio. He said it’s unclear what Rivera used to cut the tire.

“It was later determined that Rivera cut his own hand accidentally while he was slashing/cutting the tire of the Jeep Cherokee,” Silverio said.

Rivera was treated at the hospital and released.

He was charged with second-degree breach of peace, third-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree larceny. He was released on a written promise to appear in court.