A Milford man has been arrested for his alleged role in the August theft of David Hasselhoff advertisement signs from a Cumberland Farms on Route 110 in Shelton.
The incident gained national attention when a store employee, who was trying to take back the outdoor promotional signs, was injured by a perpetrator’s vehicle.
Adam Holter, 19, of Applewood Lane in Milford turned himself in to police Oct. 10, based on an active warrant. He was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment.
Holter was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Derby on Oct. 24.
The store employee is still recovering from the injuries he sustained during the incident. No other arrests are expected in the case, Shelton police said.
Incident occurred late at night
On Aug. 20 at about 1:15 a.m., the Shelton Police Department received a 9-1-1 call stating that a male in the parking lot of Cumberland Farms at 819 River Road (Route 110) had been struck by a motor vehicle.
Police and EMS personnel responded to the scene and located the 36-year-old male victim. The victim, an employee at the Cumberland Farm store, was taken to Bridgeport Hospital and listed as being in critical condition.
Black SUV was involved
The initial investigation revealed that a black SUV pulled into the parking lot at Cumberland Farms. The victim later observed a white male get out of the vehicle and cut two David Hasselhoff advertisement signs off of a light pole at the establishment, police said.
The perpetrator then put the signs in the back of the vehicle, according to police, and the victim approached the vehicle in an attempt to get the signs back.
Police said the vehicle sped away and the victim was dragged, spun around and flipped backwards, landing on his head. The suspect vehicle headed south on River Road toward Stratford.
Three people were in suspect vehicle
Detectives reviewed surveillance video and spoke with witnesses. Police announced that they were looking for a black SUV with a white male driver, a white female in the front passenger seat, and a white male in the back seat.
Soon after the incident, police said a 19-year-old male came forward and admitted his involvement in the incident at Cumberland Farms. Police said this male, who allegedly was the driver of the vehicle, then cooperated with detectives in the investigation. That individual has now been identified as Holter.
About the promotional signs
David Hasselhoff is an actor and singer, best known for his role on the TV shows “Baywatch” and “Knight Rider.”
He has been featured in Cumberland Farms advertising material promoting the retail outlet’s iced coffee. This includes life-size cardboard signs of Hasselhoff, such as the ones involved in the Shelton incident.
Theft of the large Hasselhoff advertising signs had become a problem at many Cumberland Farms locations, various media outlets have reported.
After the Shelton incident, Hasselhoff publicly offered his “heartfelt thoughts and prayers” to the injured store employee and his family.
(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated that Hasselhoff had offered his “assistance” to the injured store worker, but that was an inaccurate way to describe what Hasselhoff had done through his Twitter messages after hearing about the Aug. 20 incident in Shelton. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.)
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