NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police say two 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old were arrested for assaulting a New Haven man near Clinton and Grand Avenues on Sunday night.
In a report from New Haven Police Department, officers stopped in traffic at Clinton & Grand Ave. were approached by a woman at 9 p.m. reporting a man was being assaulted around the corner. They turned the corner to see a man being helped up by a group if good samaritans. They told the officers the victim was beaten up and robbed of his cell phone. They described the assailants and said the three ran off north on Perkins Street.
Detectives in the neighborhood spotted the three suspects on the 100 block of Pine Street. They caught two of them. The third got away.
According to police, the victim said he was at the bus stop when the three suspects confronted him requesting money. He said he didn’t have money and fearing that wouldn’t be the end of it, began to back away. The three suspects then attacked him, police say. The victim said they punched him until he fell and then continued their assault by kicking him while he was on the ground. One of the men took the victim’s phone from his pocket.
The samaritans saw what was going on and ran to the victim’s aid, the attackers being chased off. The victim suffered minor injuries and opted to go home.
The witnesses were brought to the apprehension location, and they identified the two 17-year-olds as being two of the young men who assaulted and robbed the victim. Both reside in New Haven.
A Fair Haven patrol officer suspected he knew the identity of the third suspect. He showed the Detectives a photo and confirmed the identity. Police went to a house on Rowe Street, knocked on the door but it went unanswered. They decided to reach out to the suspect’s mother. She believed he was inside and phoned him. She told him to come outside. Once he did, he was placed in handcuffs.
Witnesses identified Anthony Garcia, of New Haven, as the third assailant.
All three suspects were arrested and charged with robbery in the second-degree, larceny in the second-degree, assault in the third-degree and conspiracy to commit the aforementioned crimes. The arrest was Garcia’s second in a week.