Memorial Day weekend usually witnesses a spike in the number of crimes such as DWI, assault and petty thievery. Rarely does the weekend produce a crime such as the one that occurred in Naugatuck on Memorial Day.
According to police, they received a report shortly before noon of a robbery in progress on Horton Hill Road. When police arrived at the scene, they were told that three men in masks had broken in and held three women at gunpoint while they looted the apartment. The men carried off dozens of high-end sneakers, three video game consoles, a laptop and $14,000 in cash.
Police used a cell phone to track the suspects to Bridgeport. When police attempted to stop the vehicle, four individuals ran away. Two of the suspects were captured, and police recovered a gun that they believe was used in the robbery. Two of the suspects in the robbery were also apprehended. Two of the four suspects managed to elude police, and they remain at large. The suspects have been identified but in the opinion of the police, they remain armed and dangerous.
The two suspects who were arrested have been charged with home invasion, first-degree robbery, criminal use of a weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, conspiracy to commit larceny in the first degree, criminal mischief in the second degree, conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the second degree and conspiracy to commit home invasion.
The two men who were arrested face very serious criminal charges. If convicted, each man could face significant jail time and an order to make restitution. The two suspects still at large will also face those charges and perhaps others if they are arrested. While the evidence disclosed by the police appears to be overwhelming, all four men will be entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until they are proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The men also have the right to counsel. A conference with an experienced criminal defense attorney may provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood negotiating a favorable plea agreement.