Danbury Police Make Arrests in Skate Park Death of Local Resident

Regrettably, on March 18, 2020, the Danbury Police Department had to report the death of a 21-year-old Danbury resident, Willy Placencia. On that date, Placencia was found severely injured at the Danbury Skate Park, suffering from multiple stab wounds. As lifesaving efforts failed, a homicide investigation was initiated by investigators from the Danbury Police General Investigations Division.

At this time, we are pleased to announce that witness interviews, multiple anonymous tips and the steadfast efforts of the involved investigators lead to the identity of several suspects involved in the homicide. As of this release, two arrests have been made but several more are anticipated within the near future.

As this continues to be an ongoing and active investigation, court documents related to the case have been temporarily sealed. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Danbury Police Department’s Detective Division at 203-797-4662. Anonymous TIPS Line is 203-790-8477.

Arrested on March 26, 2020:
Juvenile Male (16-years-old)
Danbury, CT

Manslaughter in the 1st Degree
Conspiracy to Commit Manslaughter in the 1st Degree
Assault in the 1st Degree
Conspiracy to Commit Assault in the 1st Degree
Conspiracy to Commit Assault in the 2nd Degree
Breach of Peace

Bond: Remand to Custody

Arrested on March 25, 2020:
James Lema-Zaruma (20-years-old)
Danbury, CT

Criminal Liability to Commit Assault in the 1st Degree

Bond: $10,000.00



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