CRIME
12/12/2017 14:30 EST

Man Arguing With Girlfriend Threw Good Samaritan Off Bridge: Police

The victim, who fell 45 feet into icy waters, is recovering from injuries.

Shelton Police Dept
Gregory Rottjer, 25, of Derby, Connecticut, is accused of throwing a man off a bridge during the early morning hours of Nov. 23.

A Connecticut man is facing an attempted murder charge after he allegedly threw another man off a bridge during an argument with his girlfriend.

Police arrested 25-year-old Gregory Rottjer on Tuesday in connection with the  incident that occurred around 1 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on the bridge connecting the small Connecticut cities of Shelton and Derby.

Rottjer and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Jennifer Hannum, were arguing while walking over the bridge when the victim and his brother asked Hannum if she was OK, according to WFSB-TV.

Police said the two good Samaritans attempted to walk away, but Rottjer and a friend who was at the scene, 27-year-old Matthew Dorso, allegedly started a fight with them.

During the skirmish, Rottjer allegedly threw the 30-year-old victim off the bridge and into the icy Housatonic River, a drop of 45 feet, according to The Hartford Courant.

A rescue crew was called and the victim was saved from drowning by a police officer who jumped into the river and pulled him to shore.

Rottjer, Dorso and Hannum fled the scene, police said.

The victim is still recovering from his injuries, according to NBC Connecticut.

Rottjer has also been charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Dorso was charged with third-degree assault and released on a promise to appear in court on Dec. 22. Hannum is charged with interfering with an officer and was released on $1,000 bail. She is also due in court Dec. 22, according to The Connecticut Post. 

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