BREAKING NEWS Out Of Connecticut… This Is SICK


Two brothers tried to intervene in what appears to have been a domestic incident and one ended up getting thrown some 45 feet over a bridge as a result.

Three people – two men and a woman – have now been arrested this week for their part in the incident that took place on Thanksgiving Day. According to police, the victim somehow miraculously survived the fall but is still said to be recovering from his injuries.


25-year-old Gregory Rottjer was walking over the Derby-Shelton Bridge in Connecticut with his girlfriend 22-year-old Jennifer Hannum while having an extremely loud and contentious verbal disagreement.  Fearing the altercation between the couple was escalating towards physical violence, the victim and his brother stopped to check on Hannum to see if she was safe. Hannum indicated she was okay and the brothers attempted to walk away.

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However, Rottjer and his friend, 27-year-old Matthew Dorso proceeded to start an argument which then turned into a physical fight with the victim and his brother where Dorso and Rottjer assaulted the brothers.


The victim told police that he told Rottjer to “chill out.” But, police said cell phone video shows Rottjer go after the victim who was backing up with his hands in the air.

“He got involved telling him to leave her alone…stated the man became aggressive toward him and they began to fight,” the court documents read.


During the fight, Rottjer then proceeded to intentionally throw the victim over the side of the bridge.  The victim, a 30-year-old man from Monroe, Connecticut, fell some 45 feet below into the icy water. The victim who has not been identified by name is still recovering from the extensive injuries he received as a result of the fall from the bridge.

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When police arrived, the victim was on his back, in the icy water. The victim, who had to be rescued by police, firefighters, and EMS personnel, continues to recover from injuries.

Rottjer has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. His friend Dorso was charged with third-degree assault. Rottjer’s girlfriend Hannum was charged with interfering with an officer according to the release from police.

All three suspects fled the scene rather than attempting to get the victim help. Police were able to track them down due to a cell phone that one of them left behind when they fled the scene. They are set to appear for arraignment on December 22.  Rottjer is being held on a $250,000 bond.


According to local news affiliate WFSB

Investigators said not only did they get two pieces of cell phone video showing the incident, but they also found a cell phone that morning belonging to Hannum.

When police turned on the phone, they said there was a text message that stated, “Hi I am the owner of this iPhone, please call me to be returned.” The police traced the phone back to Rottjer. 

The pictures on the phone along with the cell video of the fight, and nearby surveillance video matched up. When interviewed by police, Rottjer allegedly told them, “I did it. I threw him over the bridge.”

According to the arrest warrant, Rottjer told police he started drinking at 4:30 that afternoon and was drunk by the end of the night. But felt the victim disrespected his girlfriend, that’s why they started fighting.

Police said over the course of their investigation, Hannum was found to be untruthful with detectives about what happened. Investigators said she lied to officers about the incident that morning and said she didn’t know anything about someone being thrown off the bridge. 

Police said the three met the day after the incident, in which Dorso said he wouldn’t tell anyone about what happened.”

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