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Hartford man arrested for fabricating evidence in Bateman investigation

Jeffrey Romanchuck, 50, of Hartford,  was arrested by warrant by the Darien Police Department on Wednesday Nov. 14.

Jeffrey Romanchuk

Romanchuck was charged with Interfering with an Officer and Fabricating Evidence.

On July 1, the Darien Police Department was contacted by Romanchuck regarding the shooting death of Darien Police Officer Kenneth Bateman. Romanchuck had been interviewed numerous times in the past about the incident, and his information never proved to be reliable.

When Romanchuck contacted the Darien Police in July, he stated that he had a conversation with a subject who was bragging about having information about the death of Officer Bateman. Romanchuck stated that he had recorded the conversation on his cell phone and wanted to give that information to the Darien Police.

Investigation in to the reported recording by the Darien Police Department proved that the recording was fabricated.  Romanchuck eventually admitted to the Police that he fabricated the information and the recording.  It is unclear what Romanchuck’s motive was for fabricating the story.

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  • chris-noe

    The first arrest in a 31 year old murder case is an informant who didn’t do it and knows nothing about it. Will this encourage anyone else to call police with new information as to where the gun is and who actually shot him.
    What are the cops doing wrong and what should they be doing. The 100 thousand reward was a lot of money 30 years ago. This figure seems a little low in 2012. The terms are for the “Arrest and Conviction.” If the gun was preserved in museum condition could it be confirmed ‘the weapon.’ As the cops retire and die off so do criminals and any chance of solving this case. What number would it take to get every shred of information available brought to the police department.
    This case has gotten so old it’s like “Remember the Holocaust.”

    Powerball is 350 million this week.

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