Derby man arrested in connection to death at Woodbridge Athletic Fields

New Haven

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (WTNH) — A Derby man has been arrested Thursday in connection to the homicide death of a West Haven man found at Woodbridge Athletic Fields.

Police arrested Jorden Rudel, 24, of Derby on Thursday, July 1.

He is charged with felony murder, murder robbery, and larceny.

He was presented for arraignment Thursday afternoon in New Haven Superior Court and remains incarcerated in lieu of bail which was set at $2,000,000.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.


Woodbridge Police and State Police are investigating a homicide in the area of Pease Road and the Woodbridge Athletic Fields Tuesday.

Woodbridge PD says a body was discovered by a jogger around 6 a.m. on the property of the Pease Road Playground/Alegi Athletic Fields at 160 Pease Road.

The male victim was found with gunshot wounds. He has been identified as Rondell Atkinson, 33, of West Haven.

Police say there is no immediate threat to the community.

Police are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident and are attempting to locate his vehicle, which is a grey 2016 Hyundai Sonata, with the license plate: BC15394.

The park area has been reopened to the public.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Woodbridge Police Department at (203) 387-2511.

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