WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A co-worker accused of killing a UPS driver while delivering packages faced a judge Thursday.
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the Waterbury Superior Court clerk’s office announced Elijah David Bertrand was arraigned with a bond set at $2 million. Bertrand is due back in court on Feb. 3.
At this time of year, UPS hires helpers to assist drivers in making the busy holiday season deliveries. Police say it looks like the helper attacked the driver while they were out making their deliveries Tuesday night.
Elijah David Bertrand, 19, of Bristol was arrested, charged with murder, and held on a $2 million cash bond Wednesday.
According to court documents, Bertrand confessed to stabbing his coworker, Nathan Daniel Burk, 28, of Waterbury, to death.
Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt said, “The State alleges that the defendant stabbed the victim eight times and left the victim bloody. The victim later died of his wounds.”
Bertrand said nothing at his arraignment.
The bail commissioner said he has no prior convictions. His attorney argued for a lower bond. The prosecutor argued for a higher bond. The judge kept bond at $2 million.
His next court date has been set to Jan. 6.
Connecticut State Police said they responded to Route 8 North near Exit 37 in Watertown Tuesday evening around 10:30 p.m. to what was initially reported as a motor vehicle crash involving a UPS truck into a guardrail.
Upon finding the truck driver, Nathan Daniel Burk, 28, of Waterbury, troopers discovered that he was the victim of an assault.
The ongoing investigation revealed one ‘helper’ attacked the driver, killing him with a folding knife, and crashing the truck.
Burk was transported to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
At this time, troopers do not know what prompted the assault.
State Police say folding knife was recovered at the scene.
The suspect was identified as UPS employee Elijah David Bertrand, 19, of Bristol.
Bertrand fled into the woods after the attack. Police tracked him down when he used a debit card at a gas station in Plymouth Wednesday.
At 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, state police reported they had the suspect in custody. He was taken into custody at a Valero gas station in Plymouth.
Court papers show Burk and Bertrand has dinner with Burk’s girlfriend just an hour before the attack.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague. We are pleased to hear that local authorities have apprehended the person they believe to be the suspect, and we continue to cooperate with the investigation,” UPS said in a statement.
Wednesday afternoon, the Teamsters Joint Council 10 Union said of Burk in a statement on Facebook, “…he was murdered on the job. A Waterbury, Connecticut resident, Burk was a five-year Teamster.”
The union held a vigil Wednesday evening at the Waterbury UPS facility to honor Burk.
State Police said “As an agency, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of the victim.”
Police are asking members of the public with information on the incident to call detectives at (860) 626-7900.