Benjamin Prue, the 25-year-old former swimmer who was shot after allegedly breaking into a Point Lookout home in July, was in Milford Superior Court Monday in response to home invasion and some new charges.
Faced with new violations stemming from that July 21 home invasion, Prue’s cases were consolidated and continued to Oct. 9.
The young man has gained notoriety not only for his athletic past but also for his lack of clothing during the alleged home invasion, leading local media to dub him “the naked intruder.” He entered the court room in Milford with a line of others who have been held in police custody: Prue wore an oversized gray sweatshirt and glasses. His hair was shaved close, and he did not speak during the proceedings.
His attorney, Edward Gavin, said that on Monday morning a judge moved Prue’s case from the downstairs court to the upstairs court, where more serious crimes are heard. On Monday afternoon, the court agreed to consolidate the old and new charges that Milford police presented. All will be heard in the upstairs courtroom when the case continues next month, Gavin said.
Prue was initially charged with home invasion, first degree burglary, assault on an elderly victim, threatening, interfering with police and resisting arrest.
This week, police charged him with carrying a weapon in his vehicle, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gavin said the additional charges stem from the night he was arrested outside the Point Lookout home. Police said at the time that Prue did not have a weapon, but they later reportedly found nunchucks in his car.
Prue has been held at the Bridgeport Correctional Center on a $300,000 bond. His bond was increased another $500 with the new charges filed Monday.
Point Lookout homeowner Gerald Mirto, 67, shot Prue as he was trying to steal a television from his home in July, Mirto told police. The homeowner also told police that Prue was naked when he found him in a downstairs room, and that he rushed Mirto when Mirto told him to leave the house.
Prue had at least two surgeries and was listed in critical condition for several weeks before being released from the hospital and taken to Bridgeport.
Prue most recently lived in Rolesville, N.C., and is formerly of West Haven and Trumbull. According to news reports, Prue was an award-winning swimmer at Trumbull High School, and later at Virginia Tech and Southern Connecticut State University.