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Man arrested in pregnant girlfriends shooting sobs in court
Tavern Shooting CTM 5562688
Coventry police take a man into custody after a shooting and hostage situation at an apartment near Bidwell Tavern in Coventry, Conn., on Monday, April 14, 2008. A woman was shot and was being airlifted to a hospital. Police had no details on the extent of her injuries. - photo by Leslloyd F. Alleyne/ Journal
    ROCKVILLE, Conn. — A man accused of shooting his pregnant girlfriend and threatening to kill himself in a tavern parking lot while holding his young child in his arms was arraigned Tuesday on attempted murder and other charges.
    Alfredo Ferrer, 43, sobbed but said nothing else during the arraignment in Rockville Superior Court. He did not enter a plea and is due to return to court April 25. His public defender declined to comment.
    Witnesses said Monday’s ordeal at Bidwell Tavern in the eastern Connecticut town of Coventry began when a bloody Ferrer showed up just before 6 p.m. and tried to use the phone. Terrified patrons were herded into a basement and the doors were locked once Ferrer left.
    Court officials said Ferrer had worked as a dishwasher at the tavern for several years.
    Police said when officers arrived, they found Ferrer in the parking lot, armed with a handgun and carrying a child. He told officers he was going to shoot himself, police said.
    Police said that as they negotiated to get Ferrer to release the child, they learned he had shot and wounded Amanda Realie, 27, in their apartment.
    Officers eventually subdued Ferrer with a stun gun, and the child was taken to a hospital but appeared to be unharmed, police said. Police did not give the child’s age or say if it was a boy or girl. In court, officials said Ferrer had two children with Realie.
    She was airlifted to a hospital, where she was listed in very critical condition Tuesday.
    Judge Carl Schuman ordered Ferrer held on $1.25 million bond, citing his criminal record.
    Court officials said he was convicted in the 1980s of sexually assaulting a minor, then escaped from prison in 1991 and remained a fugitive until he was arrested on charges of marijuana possession in New York in 2002.
    Coventry is about 20 miles east of Hartford.

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