West Haven short track owner arrested on charges including assault, kidnapping

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WEST HAVEN — The 48-year-old Castleton man who owns Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, was arrested on a slew of charges following an incident that took place at the track on Saturday.

Police responded to the complaint at around 11:28 a.m.

According to the police report, Michael G. Bruno was armed with a semi-automatic pistol and threatened to use the weapon on three juveniles.

“Bruno engaged in a course of conduct directed at the three juveniles with the intent to cause them inconvenience and engaged in violent, tumultuous, and threatening behavior while using abusive and obscene language and threatening serious bodily injury through active pointing of a firearm,” a statement issued by trooper Joseph A. Duca Jr. reads.

Police say Bruno knowingly restrained the three juveniles under circumstances which exposed them to a risk of serious bodily injury.

“Bruno is a person who maliciously threatened, with intent, to compel a juvenile to do an act against his/her will,” trooper Duca’s statement continues.

Police say Bruno committed the crime of kidnapping by knowingly restraining the juveniles and placed them in fear of bodily injury.

He is facing multiple charges including aggravated assault, aggravated disorderly conduct, unlawful restraint in the first degree, and kidnapping and extortion.

Police took Bruno into custody for these violations and he was processed at the Castleton Police Department.

After processing, Bruno was lodged at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.