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Two Charged In Assault During Set-Up To Meet Woman At Post Road Stop & Shop Through App

Askia Sierra
Askia Sierra Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

A man and a woman were arrested after two victims told Westport Police they had been attacked during a set-up made through an app.

The incident took place around midnight Monday, March 18, when Westport officers responded to the Stop & Shop at 1790 Post Road East for a disturbance complaint, said Lt. Jillian Cabana.

When officers arrived on the scene, they learned that two men had banged with a pipe on the door asking for to be let in because they had been assaulted.

Officers searched the area and located the men in the parking lot of Home Goods, 1850 Post Road East, after hearing what sounded like someone dropping a metal pipe on the pavement. The two men claimed they had just been assaulted at 1655 Post Road East, police said.

Officers learned the two victims had traveled to Westport to meet with a woman they had been speaking with through an app. When they arrived at 1655 Post Road East, the woman led them between two buildings near the rear of the complex where they were attacked by a masked male with a metal pipe, Cabana said.

The victims were able to gain control of the pipe and were chased from the scene. One of the victims sustained severe injuries to his arm and was transported to Norwalk Hospital. The other victim suffered a minor injury and declined medical treatment, she added.

The victims provided a phone number and photo of the female involved, whom officers were able to identify as Reign Kinseley, 18, of Westport. Officers learned Kinseley had set the victims up for a friend, later identified as Askia Sierra.

Officers responded to the residence of Sierra, 22, of 7 Oakview Lane was arrested at his home and brought to police headquarters where he was charged with assault and conspiracy to commit assault. He was held in lieu of $25,000 bond and will be transported to Norwalk Court for arraignment later Monday.

Kinseley was charged with conspiracy to commit assault and released after posting $1,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on March 25.

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