UPS employee confessed to fatally attacking co-worker found stabbed in truck, warrant says
WATERTOWN, Conn. - A UPS agent accused of fatally assaulting an employee he was helping deliver packages to told police that he stabbed the man to death before escaping into the woods. This was the result of an arrest warrant published on Thursday.
When he was taken into custody by police at a gas station in Plymouth on Wednesday afternoon, Elijah David Bertrand, 19, was from Bristol.
"What did it take you so long to find me?" Bristol asked officers according to the arrest warrant posted online by Republican American Waterbury.
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Bertrand was charged on Thursday with the murder of killing UPS driver Nathan Burk, 28, from Waterbury. The warrant stated that Bertrand was working as Burk's "helper / runner" on Tuesday, the day of the attack.
One motive remains unclear.
The bond for Bertrand was held at $ 2 million, according to WTNH-TV. His attorney Robert Pickering called for the bond to be reduced, arguing that Bertrand was not a flight risk and had a strong connection with the state. Betrand is expected to appear again in court on January 6th.
Pickering told The Associated Press the case was "a terrible thing for everyone involved," especially given that it happened just before Christmas and during the coronavirus pandemic.
"The empathy of my client's family is incredible," he said. "Whether my client is responsible or not, this young man's death should never have happened during the holiday season."
Bertrand and Burk were apparently driving in the same vehicle, state trooper Joseu Dorelus said at a press conference on Wednesday. According to the arrest warrant, the two stopped at Burk's girlfriend and had dinner for about an hour before they were supposed to drop off the UPS truck.
Burk's friend called her boyfriend about half an hour later and expected that he would have returned home by then, since the house is near the UPS warehouse. But the calls went unanswered, the warrant said.
The soldiers initially responded to a call about an accident involving a UPS truck in Watertown on Tuesday evening. They found the vehicle on the north side of Route 8. Burk stopped responding and slumped over the steering wheel with stab wounds.
A jackknife with blood was found at the scene, which Bertrand's father later confirmed to the police to his son. Waterbury Prosecutor Maureen Platt said in court that Burk had been stabbed eight times.
Burk was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Dozens of Burk's family and employees gathered outside the UPS facility in Watertown Wednesday. Some told NBC Connecticut they wanted answers.
"It's just heartbreaking. We just want to know why. Why did this happen to him? He was such a good soul," Kerry Langdeau of Waterbury told the TV station.
“Got up in the morning. Ready to deliver and go home probably 200 packages and he'll never make it home, ”said Sean O'Brien, treasurer of Teamsters Joint Council 10, a union that represents drivers across New England.
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