New Britain Police ID Suspect In 2012 Fatal Beating

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Alexis Rodriguez. (Courtesy of New Britain Police Department)

NEW BRITAIN — Police have identified a suspect in the fatal beating of a 70-year-old man nearly two years ago.

The suspect, Alexis Rodriguez, 32, will be charged in the coming days with murder and tampering with evidence, police said. A warrant for his arrest sets bond at $1 million.

Police say Rodriguez had a child with the daughter of the victim, James Joseph Sr., who was found bleeding at his apartment on South Main Street on May 13, 2012.

Investigators interviewed Joseph briefly before he was hospitalized with severe head injuries. He died a few days later.

Police said Joseph had driven to a Valero gas station down the street from his apartment about 6:45 a.m. on May 13. The assault was reported about an hour later.

There were no signs that the killer or killers forced their way in, police said.

Some money was stolen from Joseph during the crime, police said.

Police say Joseph was struck in the head with a blunt object several times during the attack. In addition to head trauma, he also suffered a broken neck and spinal cord damage.

Investigators suspected early on that Rodriguez was involved and he was arrested on unrelated charges. He’s been in custody at the Department of Corrections since.

New Britain police obtained a warrant in February, charging him in Joseph’s murder. Investigators are arranging to have Rodriguez brought to Superior Court in New Britain where they can serve the warrant.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the New Britain Police Department at 860-826-3134 or 860-826-3120.

By Hilda Muñoz, Hartford Courant

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