2 men arrested for Craigslist assault and theft

Lyman Depriest, 19, of West Haven (Photo: West Haven police)
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Asoh Pentecost, 20, of New Haven (Photo: Manchester Police)

MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — A Craigslist ad enabled two men to assault and steal a victim’s laptop computer from a McDonald’s in Manchester, police say.

According to police, on December 7, 2014, text messages were exchanged between a seller and potential buyer of a Macbook Pro laptop that was posted on Craigslist. They say the two men were supposed to meet the seller at a local McDonald’s so they could look at the laptop. They met just before 5:30 p.m. at one of the tables inside the restaurant, police say. The seller gave the buyer the laptop to look at, and within minutes the buyer ran out of the front door carrying the laptop, according to police.

The victim chased the suspect out of the front door when another suspect allegedly put the victim into a choke hold. The two suspects then fled the area. The victim sustained multiple injuries, including a separated shoulder, and minor injuries to the face.

Through a thorough investigation by Manchester police, they developed leads on their two suspects. Arrest warrants were obtained for both men.

On Wednesday, February 25th, Lyman Depriest, 19, of West Haven turned himself in, and was held on a $10,000 cash only bond. Depriest is charged with Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Larceny, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny, Conspiracy to Commit Assault.

 

On Friday, February 20th, Central Connecticut State University Police arrested Asoh Pentecost, 20, of New Haven. CCSU police turned Pentecost over to Manchester Police.

Pentecost is held on a $125,000 bond and is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Assault, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny, Assault, Robbery, and Larceny. Pentecost will be in court on March 5th.

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