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Bridgeport man charged with murder in 2018 mistaken-identity killing

February 15, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — Police arrested a local man Friday morning in connection with a fatal shooting last year in a North End motel.

Glenn Pettway, 25, of East Main Street, was charged with murder, felony murder, criminal possession of a pistol, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal use of a firearm and attempted first-degree robbery.

He was held in lieu of $1 million bond pending arraignment in Superior Court on Tuesday.

Pettway is accused of killing 48-year-old Alfanso Anderson on Feb. 26, 2018, at the Sunnyside Inn on Lake Street.

Police Lt. Chris LaMaine said they developed information that the homicide was committed while Pettway was attempting to collect a debt owed to a prostitute and mistakenly identified Anderson as the man that owed the debt.

“No evidence was uncovered to believe that Anderson had any connection to Pettway, the prostitute, or that he had engaged in any illegal conduct; it appears that he was a truly innocent victim,” LaMaine said.

Initial investigation of the crime led police to three potential suspects caught on surveillance footage at the motel.

“As far as I know, they’re still very, very much investigating,” Police Chief Armando Perez said later Friday. “Detectives are still working the case.”

He said nothing could bring the victim back, but he was glad the arrest could give Anderson’s family some peace of mind.

“This arrest is the result of the outstanding work done by all those who participated in this case, which was led by Detective Martin Heanue. Additionally, the facts of this case would never have come to light without the hard work of Assistant United States Attorney Rahul Kale,” LaMaine said.

The chief echoed similar sentiments.

“Our detectives are second to none,” he said.

Pettway is currently on probation for a 2014 conviction for robbery with a dangerous weapon.