Police arrest man in Connecticut for fatal assault of Bronx father

Police have arrested a man in Connecticut for the drunken, fatal assault of a father of two on a Bronx sidewalk, police said Saturday.

A three-month search for Jesus Garcia-Desiderio’s killers led police to Bristol, Connecticut, where members of the Bronx Violent Felony Squad, the Regional Fugitive Task Force and local police arrested 23-year-old Alejandro Gonzalez at a Bronx Supreme . Court order on May 17, police said.

Gonzalez lived in Soundview, less than a mile away from the beatdown scene, police said.

He was indicted on charges of first-degree manslaughter, assault with intent to cause great bodily harm with a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the Feb. 17 assault that ended the 46’s lives year old father. according to court records.

Police are still looking for a second suspect involved in the murder.

Police arrest man in Connecticut for fatal assault of Bronx father

Obtained by Daily News

Jesus Garcia-Desiderio collided with two men outside a Stratford Ave restaurant shortly before 5 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024. near Westchester Ave. in Soundview.

Garcia-Desiderio collided with Gonzalez and another man outside a Stratford Ave restaurant shortly before 5 a.m. near Westchester Ave. in Soundview, police said. Their argument turned physical and the two men punched Garcia-Desiderio on the sidewalk just steps away from his home.

Taken by medics to the Jacobi Medical Center, he was declared brain dead and placed on a ventilator. He died three days later.

“I cry all the time,” the victim’s wife, Tamisha Velasquez, 42, said at the time. “I can’t control my emotions. I always think of him.”

Her husband was born and raised in Mexico City before coming to the Bronx. He could never return to his native country as he had dreamed of, his wife said. They raised two sons, 17 and 21.

His other passions were his renovation work – he specialized in kitchens – and animals. The family had two dogs and three cats, all but one of which were strays that he picked up and gave them new homes.

During his spare time, Garcia-Desiderio enjoyed playing handball and football. And drink.

“I want you to pay,” Velasquez previously said about the attackers. “That’s what I want. I want them to go to jail for their crimes.”

Gonzalez pleaded not guilty to the charges and was held without bail during his arraignment Wednesday in Bronx Supreme Court, records show.