Police make arrest in brutal Stamford beating

Rudy Cortez Angel

April 19, 2010 9:11:51 AM PDT
Stamford police arrested one man in the attack on a 37-year-old woman left to die in an alley. Rudy Cortez Angel, 20, is charged in the brutal beating, which happened April 12 at approximately 11:15 p.m.

Investigators obtained video from local businesses that showed Angel with the victim in the immediate vicinity of the attack at approximately 11 p.m. Using photos produced from the video, investigators canvassed the area asking for residents assistance in identifying the attacker.

Several people came forward and identified Angel, providing his name and address. All of the citizens who provided information requested anonymity.

Officers found Angel at his apartment. He voluntarily came to Stamford Police Headquarters and provided a signed, sworn statement detailing the events leading up to and during the attack. Angel's statement includes his assertion that there was some criminality on the victim's part, which led to his attack on her.

The victim was brought to Stamford Police headquarters and immediately identified Angel as her attacker using a photographic array. She is still recovering from the attack, which resulted in dozens of surgical staples and sutures to close wounds on her neck, face, head and arms, as well as broken bones in her left arm.

Angel is scheduled for a court appearance at Stamford Superior Court on April 30 and is currently being held on $250,000 bond. Angel is not a United States citizen and the Immigration and Naturalization Service has been advised of his arrest.