Bristol man, charged in assault, flunks out of diversionary program

Published on Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:36


BRISTOL - A city man accused of assaulting another man with a baseball bat could face prosecution after failing out of a diversionary program.

Mike Rivera, 27, of 19 Harper Court, had been granted the Family Violence Education Program, which could have cleared him of charges of second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. On Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, officials said Rivera failed out of the program because he was not able to attend an intake appointment, as he was being held in custody on another matter.

Rivera’s case was continued to April 4 without a plea. He has been accused of trying to hit his boyfriend in the head with the bat and missing, before striking him in the hip, according to the police report in the case.

The victim told officers he and Rivera had an argument on Oct. 1, in the morning, before Rivera left the man’s home, the report said. Shortly thereafter, he saw Rivera walking back towards the home and went outside to ask why he had come back.

According to the police report, Rivera then swung an aluminum baseball bat at the victim’s head, but missed. After a brief struggle over the bat, police allege, Rivera then used it to hit the man’s hip.

The complainant then saw an ambulance driving nearby and flagged it down. When it stopped, he told police, Rivera fled the area.

The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital, in Hartford, for what was described by a medic as a “significant injury.”

Rivera was located by police shortly after the incident and arrested

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:36. Updated: Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:38.