Patrols increased after rash of robberies, attacks in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– Middletown police are trying to get a handle on what’s been a rash of recent attacks and robberies in the North End of the city.

Much of the violence has happened in broad daylight putting folks in the community on edge.

If you haven’t already, you’ll start noticing increased police patrols on Middletown’s North End and downtown area after some unsuspecting victims were viciously attacked and robbed.

“In one particular case it was a group of kids telling the victim ‘look I am going to take your cell phone’ and that gentleman fought back and police were able to get there right away,” said Chief William McKena, Middletown Police Department.

The attacks happened between June 24th and June 26th on the North End beginning in the late afternoon. So far police have made seven arrests.

“In two of the arrests the groups of kids were actually starting to surround the police officers and yelling explicit,” said McKena.

The suspects range in age from teens to early 20’s. Police say the suspects form large groups randomly victimizing people.

“A knife was displayed and luckily the victim was able to knock it out of that person’s hands,” said McKena.

Police say the vicious attacks are happening in the North End. Residents who live there say they’re terrified.

“That’s why we stay on the Main Street. We don’t go down any side streets because we are scared of that,” said Don Hatfield, Middletown resident.

Middletown residents say they’re glad to see increased police presence.

“They are doing their job as officers and what they are supposed to be doing. At the end of the day it should not be done, people should make better choices with their lives,” said Joseph Pelkey. Middletown resident.

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