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Shoplifter At CT Post Mall In Milford Leads Cops On Chase While Pretending To Have Gun: Police Shoplifter At CT Post Mall In Milford Leads Cops On Chase While Pretending To Have Gun: Police
Shoplifter At CT Post Mall In Milford Leads Cops On Chase While Pretending To Have Gun: Police A 36-year-old man faces a long list of charges after shoplifting from a Connecticut mall, threatening security with what appeared to be a gun, and leading officers on a chase that ended in a residential garage, police announced.  On Wednesday, July 3, just before 5 p.m., security at the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford reported to the police that a suspect had threatened them. The suspect then fled into the woods behind the Old Glory Store at 1250 Boston Post Rd. (Route 1) in New Haven County. According to Milford Police, officers learned that the suspect had first encountered mall se…
Arrest Made In State Trooper's Hit-Run Death Arrest Made In State Trooper's Hit-Run Death
Arrest Made In State Trooper's Hit-Run Death A 44-year-old Connecticut man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of Trooper Aaron Pelletier, who was killed while making a traffic stop. Related: New Update: Trooper ID’d As Victim In Southington I-84 Crash The incident occurred in Hartford County around 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 30, on I-84 in Southington. According to the Connecticut State Police, Alex Oyola-Sanchez, age 44, of Hartford, was charged with manslaughter/motor vehicle, among other charges, moments after the fatal crash when his vehicle sustained a tire failure on I-84 in Farmington. He is being held on a $5 mill…
Convicted CT Murderer Assaults Doctor, Correction Officer: Police Convicted CT Murderer Assaults Doctor, Correction Officer: Police
Convicted CT Murderer Assaults Doctor, Correction Officer: Police A Connecticut inmate currently serving life for murder was charged again after he allegedly assaulted correctional officers, including a doctor. It happened on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Hartford County’s Walker Correctional Institution, located in Suffield. At approximately 11: 12 a.m., inmate Joe Baltas, age 35, from Meriden in New Haven County, struck a Department of Corrections doctor in the chest and pinned him against the wall, Connecticut State Police reported. Other staff members rushed to restrain Baltas and he was taken to the restrictive housing unit. As he arrived at the unit, Bal…
Woman Robs Banks In Shelton, Stratford, Police Say Woman Robs Banks In Shelton, Stratford, Police Say
Woman Robs Banks In Shelton, Stratford, Police Say A 46-year-old woman has been charged with robbing TD Bank in Fairfield County and at least one other. New Haven County resident Bernadette Volikas, of Milford, was arrested on Friday, June 2 for the robbery which took place on Thursday, May 4 in Shelton. Volikas was quickly identified as a suspect as Stratford Police Department investigated a similar robbery, which occurred in Stratford in February, said Shelton Police Det. Christopher Nugent. Officers from Shelton and Stratford responded to Volika's residence and took her into custody on a warrant held by the Stratford Police De…
Shooting Leaves Person Dead: Suspect Caught In Meriden, Police Say Shooting Leaves Person Dead: Suspect Caught In Meriden, Police Say
Shooting Leaves Person Dead: Suspect Caught In Meriden, Police Say A man faces numerous charges in connection with a shooting in New Haven County that left one victim dead and another injured, police said.  The incident happened on Monday, March 20 around 6 p.m., when police in Meriden responded to the area of West Main Street at Lewis Avenue for a reported shooting.  According to Meriden Police, upon arriving, officers found a man and woman with gunshot wounds inside a parked vehicle in addition to a handgun and immediately sent for medical assistance.  The male victim, Shawn Mojica, later died from his injuries in a nearby hospi…
Call By Concerned Citizen Leads To DUI Arrest Of CT Man Call By Concerned Citizen Leads To DUI Arrest Of CT Man
Call By Concerned Citizen Leads To DUI Arrest Of CT Man A Connecticut man was arrested for an alleged DUI after a concerned citizen called the state police. The incident took place in Tolland County around 9:50 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 at a gas station in the town of Somers. According to Connecticut State Police, troopers received a report from a concerned citizen of an individual who appeared intoxicated, sitting inside a vehicle at the Sunoco gas station, located at 169 Main Street, in the town of Somers.  A description of the vehicle was provided and the reporting party expressed concern about the individual potentially driving away from…
Serious Assault Under Investigation At Connecticut Correctional Facility Serious Assault Under Investigation At Connecticut Correctional Facility
Serious Assault Under Investigation At Connecticut Correctional Facility An investigation is underway after an inmate suffered serious injuries in a stabbing at a Connecticut correctional facility. Troopers responded to a report of an inmate assaulting another inmate in Hartford County at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, according to a report from Connecticut State Police. Police said investigators determined that 30-year-old Levarr Frasier stabbed a 66-year-old inmate multiple times in the head, back and neck using a "homemade edged weapon." The victim was taken to a hospital in Hartford an…
Fairfield County Man Nabbed For Pair Of Home Burglaries, Police Say Fairfield County Man Nabbed For Pair Of Home Burglaries, Police Say
Fairfield County Man Nabbed For Pair Of Home Burglaries, Police Say A Fairfield County has been arrested in connection with two alleged burglaries in 2019 and 2020. Carlos Morales-Rodriguez, age 45, of Bridgeport, was arrested on Wednesday, June 2, for the two residential burglaries in Monroe in January of 2019 and March 2020. In the 2019 burglary, Monroe Police responded to a home on Bugg Hill Road where they discovered forced entry had been made through a rear screen door, said Lt. Stephen Corrone. The homeowner reported 25 folding chairs valued at $250 were stolen from the porch area. During the processing of the home, detectives collected items o…
Teenage New Hampshire Kidnapping Suspect Nabbed In Connecticut Teenage New Hampshire Kidnapping Suspect Nabbed In Connecticut
Teenage New Hampshire Kidnapping Suspect Nabbed In Connecticut A teen has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping two juveniles girls from their home. Cameron Snody, age 19, of Forth Worth, Texas, was arrested on Friday, March 19, by Connecticut State Police in Hartford, after troopers received an Amber Alert out of Swanzey, New Hampshire. According to police, it was reported that Snody traveled to Swanzey, in Chesire County, in order to meet the two juveniles ages 12 and 17. Snody then stole a vehicle described as a 2006 Saturn Ion, and fled with the girls, state police said. Troopers were able to gather information which led them to believe that Sno…
Parole Jumper Nabbed With Assault Rifle, Semi-Automatic Pistol, Police Say Parole Jumper Nabbed With Assault Rifle, Semi-Automatic Pistol, Police Say
Parole Jumper Nabbed With Assault Rifle, Semi-Automatic Pistol, Police Say A Connecticut man wanted for parole jumping was found with an assault rifle and semi-automatic pistol when nabbed in an area hotel. Tijun Mims, age 26, of Hamden, was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 18, for an incident that took place at the Red Roof Inn in Milford on Thursday, Feb. 4, said the Milford Police. While being arrested on Feb. 4 for the Department of Corrections for being a parole jumper, Mims was found to be in possession of an assault rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, and four high-capacity magazines, police said. Milford Police detectives obtained a search warrant to…
Suspect Nabbed In Burglary At Dunkin' Donuts In Fairfield County Suspect Nabbed In Burglary At Dunkin' Donuts In Fairfield County
Suspect Nabbed In Burglary At Dunkin' Donuts In Fairfield County A serial burglar in Connecticut was tracked down after breaking into a Fairfield County Dunkin’ Donuts location, stealing cash and a recording surveillance system, and being tied to other break-ins, police said. Investigators from the Monroe Police Department responded to Dunkin Donuts on Roosevelt Drive shortly after 1:45 on Dec. 27 last year, when a. burglar alarm was activated. Police said that upon arrival, it was determined by detectives that the establishment had been forcefully broken into by two men. A total of $1,395 was missing, and the surveillance system had an estimated value o…
Stratford Man Charged With Shooting Bridgeport Man In Head Stratford Man Charged With Shooting Bridgeport Man In Head
Stratford Man Charged With Shooting Bridgeport Man In Head A Stratford man has been charged in the shooting death of a local man on July 4. Charles Anthony Bonilla, 20, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 14, arrested and charged with the shooting death of Richard McDonald that occurred in Green Homes, in Bridgeport, on July 4, said Terron Jones, spokesman for the Bridgeport Police Department.  Bonilla is alleged to have shot McDonald in the head near the rear of building 4 in Green Homes and fled the scene, Jones said. The Homicide Unit was able to quickly develop Bonilla as the suspected shooter, and through diligent investigation, Det. Martin Hean…
Bridgeport Man Allegedly Held Victim At Gunpoint In Home Invasion Bridgeport Man Allegedly Held Victim At Gunpoint In Home Invasion
Bridgeport Man Allegedly Held Victim At Gunpoint In Home Invasion A Bridgeport man was arrested in connection with a home invasion in April in which he allegedly held a victim at gunpoint and forced the man to turn over a large amount of cash and other goods. Watertown detectives arrested Youssef Mohammed, 22,  on the charges of reckless endangerment, kidnapping with a firearm, home invasion, burglary, larceny, and robbery, said the Watertown Police Department. The incident took place on April 23, when police responded to the area of Falls Avenue and Sunnyside Avenue for the report of an adult victim who was kidnapped at gunpoint, Watertown police sa…
Escaped Inmate From Fairfield County Caught After Seeking Treatment At Hospital Escaped Inmate From Fairfield County Caught After Seeking Treatment At Hospital
Escaped Inmate From Fairfield County Caught After Seeking Treatment At Hospital An inmate from Fairfield County is back in police custody after escaping while attending a community college program in Connecticut, police said. Westport resident Christopher Somsky was serving a nine-year sentence for a robbery conviction at the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution when he walked away from an approved day program at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield on Saturday, March 9. Somsky, 45, was taken into custody at an area hospital at approximately 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, after he sought treatment for a hip injury. Somsky was deemed a “low-risk offender” by …
Greenwich Man Accused Of Stealing $1K In Merchandise From Post Road Store Greenwich Man Accused Of Stealing $1K In Merchandise From Post Road Store
Greenwich Man Accused Of Stealing $1K In Merchandise From Post Road Store A Greenwich man was arrested after allegedly stealing more than a $1,000 in goods from the Burlington Coat Factory. Brandon M. McLaughlin, 25, of Greenwich's Cos Cob area, was arrested on Jan. 2, by Orange Police after they responded to the store at 80 Boston Post Road, for a larceny in progress, said the Orange Police Department. Police said officers stopped and searched McLaughlin and allegedly found $1,078.75 in merchandise he had taken without paying for, police said.  Officers also found that he was in possession of drug paraphernalia and devices used for shoplifting. During…
Response To Fight In Stamford Leads To Discovery Of Stolen Checks, ID Theft Charges For Duo Response To Fight In Stamford Leads To Discovery Of Stolen Checks, ID Theft Charges For Duo
Response To Fight In Stamford Leads To Discovery Of Stolen Checks, ID Theft Charges For Duo A response to a fight that broke out in Stamford led to the discovery of checks likely stolen from mailboxes and corporate buildings, Stamford Police said. Patrol units were sent to Summer Street at Sixth Street on a report of two people fighting on Thursday, Dec. 27. The responding officers located Darren Crenshaw, 31, and Deshawn Johnson, 27.  Both live in Atlanta, Stamford Police said.  During the course of the investigation, officers recovered several fraudulent identifications, personal and business checks, ledgers, and notebooks which contained victim’s information (name, …
18-Year-Old, Three Minors Charged In Murder Of Boy, 12, In Bridgeport 18-Year-Old, Three Minors Charged In Murder Of Boy, 12, In Bridgeport
18-Year-Old, Three Minors Charged In Murder Of Boy, 12, In Bridgeport Bridgeport Police Department detectives secured arrest warrants on Monday, Dec. 24 for an 18-year-old and three minors they say are responsible for the murder of a 12-year-old boy that occurred last week. Clinton Howell was standing outside of his Willow Street home with two other people when he was shot during a drive-by on Tuesday, Dec. 18, police said. One adult male, identified as Tajay Chambers, 18, has been charged with murder with special circumstances, murder, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal carry/possession of a pistol or re…
Second Arrest Made In Suspicious Death Of Stamford Woman Second Arrest Made In Suspicious Death Of Stamford Woman
Second Arrest Made In Suspicious Death Of Stamford Woman Stamford Police have made a second arrest in the suspicious death of a local woman earlier this week. Olga Iris Lopez, 36, of Pequot Lane, was found dead around 5:49 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, after Stamford police and medical rescue personnel were called to the home where she was found unconscious and unresponsive lying on the living room floor, said Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin. Her husband, Hector Lopez, aka Hector Collazzo, was arrested Tuesday and charged with charged with cruelty to persons for withholding medical care for his wife, police said. During an investigation …
Man, 23, Charged After Investigation Into Brutal Abuse, Assault Of Baby In Stamford Man, 23, Charged After Investigation Into Brutal Abuse, Assault Of Baby In Stamford
Man, 23, Charged After Investigation Into Brutal Abuse, Assault Of Baby In Stamford A man already behind bars for allegedly strangling and abusing his girlfriend has been charged with the ongoing brutal assault of a baby, according to Stamford Police. Jeisson Stiven Garcia, 23, of Stamford, was arrested Thursday following a 10-month investigation into the ongoing abuse of a 2-and-half-month-old baby girl, said Lt. Tom Scanlon. The abuse was uncovered on Feb. 6, when a 911 call was made to Stamford Police because the baby was not breathing, Scanlon said. Stamford Police, Fire and EMS responded and rendered emergency care to the victim. Stamford Hospital phys…
Two Charged In Assault That Leaves Victim Seriously Injured In Shelton Two Charged In Assault That Leaves Victim Seriously Injured In Shelton
Two Charged In Assault That Leaves Victim Seriously Injured In Shelton Two suspects have been arrested for the brutal beating of a man that took place earlier this fall in Shelton. On Oct. 12, around 1 a.m. Shelton Police were dispatched to the area of 159 Center St., on a report of an unresponsive male laying on the sidewalk covered in blood, said Shelton Det. Chris Nugent.  EMS was dispatched to the scene and transported the 35 year old male to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries to his face and body. Shelton Detectives responded to the scene and investigated the incident. Through interviews, the assi…
Husband In Custody, ID Released For Woman Found Dead With Extensive Bruising Husband In Custody, ID Released For Woman Found Dead With Extensive Bruising
Husband In Custody, ID Released For Woman Found Dead With Extensive Bruising A woman who died at a private home in Stamford and whose death is considered suspicious has been identified as her husband remains in custody. Olga Iris Lopez, 36, of Pequot Lane, was found dead around 5:49 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, after Stamford police and medical rescue personnel were called to the home where she was found unconscious and unresponsive lying on the living room floor, said Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin.  A witness statement on scene attributed Lopez’s condition to her tendency to trip and fall and her recent drinking. Lopez was given emergency …
Escaped Prisoner From Cheshire Correctional Institution In Custody Escaped Prisoner From Cheshire Correctional Institution In Custody
Escaped Prisoner From Cheshire Correctional Institution In Custody Updated story: The 25-year-old inmate who escaped from Cheshire Correctional Institution is in custody.  No additional details were immediately available. Original story: A manhunt is underway after a 25-year-old inmate escaped from a Connecticut prison on Luis Clarke, escaped from Cheshire Correctional Institution on Highland Avenue. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Luis Clarke escaped around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, police said. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing his gray prison jumpsuit. Clarke was serving 18 months for violation of probation, according to the Depart…
Man Driving Car Stolen By Woman Collides With Two CT State Police Cruisers Man Driving Car Stolen By Woman Collides With Two CT State Police Cruisers
Man Driving Car Stolen By Woman Collides With Two CT State Police Cruisers A man driving a car stolen by his passenger took Connecticut State police on a wild chase, damaging two police cruisers before finally being stopped. John Rogers, 28, of Hartford was arrested early Friday after troopers observed him traveling at a high rate of speed in the stolen vehicle, said Trooper Kelly Grant. Troopers used laser and clocked the vehicle’s speed at 88 mph in a 55 mph zone. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, however, Rogers refused to stop, Grant said. During the chase, Rogers rammed into two state police vehicles before being stopped when an officer with the Old Ly…
Police: Ansonia Man Charged In Two Shelton Burglaries Police: Ansonia Man Charged In Two Shelton Burglaries
Police: Ansonia Man Charged In Two Shelton Burglaries SHELTON, Conn. — Shelton police on Wednesday arrested an Ansonia man in connection with two burglaries in the fall of 2017. Andre Genest, 28, was arrested in Derby Superior Court, where he was appearing on an unrelated matter, police said. The Shelton burglaries occurred in August and September. Shelton officers quickly developed Genest as a suspect and were able to link him to the burglaries, police said. Genest, who is in the custody of the Department of Corrections, was charged with burglary and larceny charges and placed on a total of $15,000.00 bond, police said.