Man charged with assault for events on night of teen’s murder in January

Another arrest has been made by Bristol police in the case of Joseph Klett’s murder back in January.

Anthony Johnese, 23, of 17 Brookside Blvd. in West Hartford was present at the house party in Bristol where Klett was killed. On Friday at 12:52 a.m., police charged the West Hartford man with second degree assault, hindering prosecution in the first degree and reckless endangerment in the second degree. Police said Johnese struck a male coming to the aid of Klett with a bottle.

Police said Johnese is accused of striking a male in the head with a liquor bottle while the two were at a party at 27 Irving St. on Jan. 24 for this year.

Klett, 19, of 18 Kelley St. in Bristol was fatally stabbed at this party, said police.

Joshua Daniels was later charged by Bristol police with murder in the death of Klett.

Police said, in an effort to avoid prosecution, Johnese drove Daniels south in his car but he and Daniels were apprehended after a vehicle pursuit by officers from the High Point, N.C. Police Department on Jan. 26. Detective Peter Dauphinais of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Bristol Police Department applied for an arrest warrant for Johnese and the warrant was approved on Aug. 8.

Police said Johnese was first stopped by the Hartford police for a traffic violation. Hartford officers ran a check on Johnese and discovered both the New Britain Police Department and Bristol held arrest warrants for Johnese. Bristol police said Johnese was first turned over to New Britain whereupon he made bond and then was turned over to the Bristol police.

Johnese posted a $50,000 bond and was released pending an Aug. 25 court date at the Superior Court in Bristol.