NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police continue to track down leads to find and arrest three people involved in an early morning home invasion Friday that left one person injured.
The home invasion made for a very chaotic scene this morning for those who live along Whittlesey Street. They woke up this morning to find police and crime scene tape in front of their homes.
“You wake up to you know maybe the police chasing someone and they ride through, but this, no, no and I’ve been here 8 years,” Yolanda Moses said. She heard about all the commotion after her sister saw it on News 8.
New Haven police say around 3 Friday morning three men broke into the first floor apartment of the home. It appears one of the suspects shimmied a window air conditioner out of place, then let his accomplices in through a door.
“People need to remember that window needs to be as secure with something in it as it would be without that item in it,” Officer David Hartman, New Haven Police Dept. spokesman, said.
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The victim says he was pistol whipped while the men ransacked his room and stole his belongings, which included cash, cell phones and gaming systems. At the same time, a woman who lives upstairs heard the commotion and called another neighbor. That neighbor then rushed home to find the suspects coming outside, and a chase got underway.
Police say after the suspects left the house they went down to the corner to Young Street, dropping many of the items they had stolen from the house. The suspects eventually got away. Police later located the vehicle they were in in Ansonia.
“We believe that this was specific to this residence,” Asst. Chief Achilles Generoso said. “It wasn’t a random act. We believe that the community as a whole is safe.”
Safe or not, neighbors say this story and so many others like it serve as a wake up call.
“I just called my landlord, I just called her,” Moses said. “Everything that needs to be secured, come secure it because it’s all women in this house, so yes, we need to be safe.”
The victim who was pistol whipped is expected to be ok. If you have any information regarding this case, especially the whereabouts of the suspects, you’re asked to call New Haven police at 203-946-6333.