GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Glastonbury police have made an arrest in a shots fired incident in a local neighborhood.
Police said at around 3 a.m. Friday, July 2, two juveniles in dark clothing approached a vehicle parked in a driveway at a home on Talcott Road.
A resident of the home opened her front door and called out to the pair in an attempt to shoo them away. That’s when one of the suspects fired two firearm rounds in her direction, according to police.
“I didn’t know what was going on at first,” explained Michael Nicholson, who lives just a few doors down. “I didn’t know those were gunshots. I’m glad nobody was hurt.”
Police said the rounds struck the front door where the resident was standing. The suspects sped off in a dark-colored sedan that appeared to be operated by a third person. A search is now underway to find them.
“Our detectives were out there early [Friday] morning, knocking on doors in the neighborhood and the adjoining streets, trying to find any witnesses,” said Lt. Corey Davis, of the Glastonbury Police Department.
Lt. Corey Davis, of the Glastonbury Police Department, said they’re also looking for surveillance video to help them figure out who these people are. He told News 8 they’ve seen a steady increase in car break-ins and thefts over the years, which is why they’re taking action.
“We’ve decided to form a motor vehicle theft team here at the Glastonbury Police Department, which will be a couple of highly-trained officers who will focus on nothing but vehicle thefts.”
Meanwhile, Nicholson and other Talcott Road residents we spoke with said they’re taking precautions.
“I’m moving any valuables out of my car, putting them in my house, not giving anyone any reason to break into my car,” explained Nicholson.
On Monday, Aug. 23, Glastonbury Police announced they had arrested a Hartford teen in the case. They say the teen is an 18-year-old male. He was 17 at the time of the incident so will be charged as a juvenile.
The juvenile suspect is being charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, criminal attempt to commit assault, reckless endangerment, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, carrying a pistol without a permit, unlawful discharge of a firearm in the Talcott Road incident.
He is currently being held in juvenile detention in Hartford where he has been detained since his arrest by Hartford Police on July 4 on charges related to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and firearm that was forensically linked to Glastonbury’s case.
The juvenile suspect is set to appear in court on Glastonbury’s charges on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
Additionally, Glastonbury PD is charging the juvenile with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit larceny for an incident on Franklin Lane that occurred just seven minutes after the Talcott Road incident.
Police say, on Franklin Lane the suspect and his co-conspirator entered an unlocked car in the driveway of a home and stole items from the car. Surveillance video shows the suspect was holding a handgun with an extended high capacity magazine and weapon-mounted tactical flashlight while ransacking the vehicle.
The suspect and his co-conspirator fled Franklin Lane in a white Volkswagen, which is believed to be stolen from a driveway on Marilyn Drive in Glastonbury on July 1.
Hartford Police found the stolen Volkswagen on July 4, resulting in the arrest of the juvenile suspect. For that incident, the juvenile is charged with larceny, carrying a pistol without a permit, and illegal possession of a large-capacity magazine.
Police add, the same juvenile is linked to an Acura stolen from a 7-Eleven at 3041 Main Street in Glastonbury around 4 a.m. on June 23. They say the Acura was left unlocked and running in the parking lot.
For that incident, the juvenile was charged with larceny on Aug. 9.
Glastonbury PD reminds the public, “the best way to prevent becoming a victim of auto theft is to lock your car doors and remove your keys or fobs from the vehicle, whether at home or away. Residents should not confront suspects, but instead, they should call the police to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and give the police their best possible description of the suspects.”
Anyone who witnessed this incident and has relevant home surveillance video that can help with the investigation is asked to call Ofc. John Barrett at 860-652-4268.