4 teens charged in Groton home invasion

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Four teenagers, two of whom police say had guns, are charged with invading a Groton home Friday.

According to Groton town police, 19-year-old Christian Cruz, two 17-year-olds, and a 16-year-old broke into a home on Crystal Lake Road. Police say four people were in the home at the time of the invasion. They say one of the victims was taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital for injuries consistent with being pistol whipped.

Cruz is charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit home invasion, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.

One 17-year-old is charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit home invasion, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, and criminal attempt to commit first-degree robbery.

The other 17-year-old is charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, criminal use of a firearm, second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit home invasion, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, and criminal attempt to commit first-degree robbery.

The 16-year-old is charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, criminal use of a firearm, conspiracy to commit home invasion, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, criminal attempt to commit first-degree robbery, and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.

The juveniles were transferred to a juvenile detention center, pending their first court dates.

The Waterford man is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court Monday.

Police say the home invasion was not random and the victims were targeted.

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