Two (2) Bridgeport men were arrested Thursday evening, May 20th, following their involvement in an altercation and assault of several people at the Westfield Trumbull Mall. Lorenzo Carter, age 26, of Sanford Place, and Deonte Sayles, age 25, of Jane Street were identified as the suspects who assaulted mall employees and a customer, an incident which began as a verbal dispute then escalated into the assaults. The men fled the area and but were later apprehended by Trumbull officers in the mall’s parking lot, where Carter became confrontational and fought with police resisting arrest.
At about 2:30 p.m., the two men entered the T-Mobile store where Carter was inquiring about discrepancies on his phone bill. Carter started to yell at the T-Mobile employee who was assisting him then attempted to punch the employee over the counter. Carter then went around the counter where he used both of his fists to punch the store employee in the face and body, injuring the employee. A second T-Mobile employee attempted to stop Carter’s continuing assault when Sayles intervened and punched the second employee in the head. Carter and Sayles then left the store. This first employee did not require medical attention; however, the second employee was later transported to the hospital for treatment of a bleeding head injury.
As Carter was leaving the store, he approached an elderly woman who was talking on her cellphone. Carter grabbed her phone from her ear and pulled her hair at the same time, and then he threw her cellphone across the hallway and left the area. This woman sustained minor injuries during this confrontation, but required no medical attention.