Meriden officer stops assault on man with Trump sign; 2 arrested

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MERIDEN — A police lieutenant intervened in an assault on a man standing in the street outside the police station waving a Trump sign and arrested two suspects, and one of the suspects had over 50 bags of heroin on him.

At noontime on Saturday,  Meriden Police Lieutenant Lawrence Guidobono was parked on Hanover Street at the rear of the police station and saw a man standing on the traffic island at the corner nearby waving the US  flag and holding a Trump sign.

Guidobono saw a silver car stop at the location and two men got out.  Police said the men began punching and kicking the victim holding the sign, knocking him to the street. Guidobono immediately stopping the assault and arrested the two suspects.  Other officers came to the scene and in the arrest.  The victim stated to police that the two men made an obscene gesture and he responded “Same to you,” which precipitated the assault according to police.

The victim, approximately 45 years old, complained of pain in his ear and head, but refused medical attention.

One of the suspects, Anthony Hobdy, 36, of Meriden, was in possession of 54 bags of heroin packaged for sale which was found at the time of arrest.He was also wanted on four warrants.

He was charged with assault third degree, possession of narcotics and four counts of failure to appear.  he was held on $540,000 bond.

Wilson Eschevarria, 32 of Meriden was charged with third degree assault. His bond was set at $500.

A court date was not released.