Police arrest 3 teens in connection to carjacking in New Haven

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Police arrested three New Haven teens in connection to a carjacking Saturday morning.

Police say, Saturday just before 2 a.m., four teenagers robbed a delivery driver on Sherman Ave. between Whalley Ave. and Percival St. The teens took the New Haven man’s belongings and his Honda Pilot SUV.

Around 6:30 a.m., a New Haven man on Beverly Road was warming a Hyundai Elantra when he left the car parked with the engine idling. The victim reports he saw three teenage males enter his vehicle and drive out of his driveway.

Police report, prior to taking the Hyundai, the teens abandoned the SUV they took from the delivery driver several hours earlier in the road on Beverly Road between Fairfield St. and Frederick St.

Police later located the stolen Hyundai on Chamberlain Street unoccupied.

Just before 7:30 p.m., a New Haven man was getting into his Honda Accord on Kneeland Road between Upson Terrace and Tuttle St. when a teenager armed with a handgun approached the victim and ordered him to step away from the car. The armed teen and two other teens then drove away in the third victim’s car.

Shortly after the third robbery, an officer spotted the stolen Honda and the suspects as they drove on Woodward Ave. toward I-95 south. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the teen driver refused to stop. Police began a pursuit that lasted from the highway to Sargent Drive and Howard Ave., to Columbus Ave. and Ella T. Grasso Blvd., and eventually onto Maple Street toward Brownell St.

On Brownell St. near Edgewood Ave. the car slowed and two 16-year-old suspects and one 17-year-old suspect fled. The Honda continued to roll and hit three unoccupied parked cars.

Several officers, including two with police K-9s ran after the robbery suspects and were able to bring the teens into custody. Officers seized a fake firearm – “a black BB gun with realistic-looking features of a handgun.”

Medical personnel transported one of the teens by ambulance to Yale New Haven Hospital with a non-obvious injury where he was treated and released to police.

New Haven police arrested the three teens and have transported them to a juvenile detention facility.

The suspects are charged in the Kneeland Road carjacking only. The Sherman Ave. carjacking and Beverly Road vehicle theft remain under investigation.

The suspects are charged with the following:

A 16-year-old is charged with:

  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree
  • Facsimile of a firearm
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon
  • Larceny in the third degree
  • Interfering with an officer
  • Trespass in the third degree

The 16-year-old vehicle operator is charged with:

  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree
  • Larceny in the third degree
  • Interfering with an officer
  • Trespass in the third degree
  • Engaging police in pursuit
  • Reckless driving
  • An infraction

A 17-year-old is charged with:

  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree
  • Larceny in the third degree
  • Interfering with an officer
  • Trespass in the third degree

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous.

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