Greenwich Police Arrest Man for 2016 Incident Involving Involving Gun and Oxygen Tank

A Rowayton man was arrested by Greenwich Police on Monday for an incident stemming back an incident involving a gun and an oxygen tank in Greenwich on  August 15, 2016.

Last summer,  officers from the Greenwich Police Department were dispatched to a private residence on Stonehenge Drive South on the report of an altercation between two males.

Matthew Christopher Ilchert, now 36, of 117 Rowayton Ave in Norwalk, a convicted felon, came to Greenwich to confront and intimidate his victim.

Last summer, Greenwich Police reported that preliminary investigation revealed that for at least several days Mr. Ilchert had been arguing with his victim, a local Greenwich resident, with whom he was a close acquaintance.

Upon his arrival at the victim’s residence Mr. Ilchert placed a metal Oxygen bottle on the pillar in front of the victim’s house and discharged a pistol at the tank.

Investigators operated under theory that suspect’s intent was to have the oxygen bottle explode.

However, the round did not penetrate the tank nor did the tank explode.

At the time of the discharge of the weapon there were two non-involved persons near the altercation who were not injured by the ricocheting round.

The shooter, Mr. Ilchert then fled the scene striking the victim with his car causing him minor injury.

A short time later Ilchert wrecked his vehicle just outside of Westchester County Airport in New York State.  He was arrested by Westchester County Police and was remanded to custody of Westchester County Correctional Facility on New York State charges.

This week, Greenwich Police headed to the Westchester County Correctional Facility to extradite Mr. Ilchert on an active arrest warrant for the following charges stemming from the August 2016 incident:

  • Criminal possession of a firearm, ammunition or an electronic defense weapon,  a class D felony
  • Carrying a Gun without Permit
  • Assault 3
  • Reckless Endangerment 1
  • Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
  • Breach of Peace 2
  • Reckless Driving

According to the arrest report released by Greenwich Police, Mr. Ilchert was assigned a court date in Stamford Superior Court on August 7, 2017. His bond was set at $150,000, which he was able to post.