Queens Man Arrested in Case of Slain Conn. Poll Worker - NBC New York

Queens Man Arrested in Case of Slain Conn. Poll Worker



    Waterbury police say they've arrested a second man in the beating death of a city election worker who was robbed as he walked to a polling place on Election Day.

    Authorities charged 22-year-old Johnny Martinez of Jamaica, Queens, on Sunday night with felony murder and robbery. He was held on $1 million bail and was arraigned Monday at Waterbury Superior Court.

    Arnaldo Gonzalez, 48, was walking to work at a polling place early on Election Day morning when three to five men jumped out of a van and struck him, police said

    Gonzalez died where he fell on Baldwin Street. An autopsy revealed that he died of head trauma.

    Police said the men responsible had rampaged through Waterbury, pistol whipping people. Other victims of the group survived and were able to give police descriptions of the attackers' vehicle: A dark blue or dark green minivan with gold trim.

    Police say they've also arrested the alleged getaway driver, 23-year-old Manuel Vasquez of Springfield, Mass., and are looking for the man they say struck Gonzalez, 22-year-old Michael Mark of Waterbury.