Police investigating kidnapping, assault in New Haven

WTNH/Josh Scheinblum
WTNH/Josh Scheinblum

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Police are investigating after it was reported that a man was kidnapped, beaten and thrown out of a car.

Just prior to 1 a.m. Sunday, officers were dispatched to a home on the three-hundred block of Newhall St. to investigate a reported assault. They arrived to find a 23-year-old victim wearing only a bloodied t-shirt, underpants and socks, according to police. Ripped pieces of duct tape remained on his wrists and ankles. He had lacerations to his head and his eyes were bruised and swollen shut.

Police say the victim told them he was with two friends and that they were planning to go to a nightclub but wanted to smoke weed first. The driver of the car the victim was in pulled into a yard on Thompson St. The victim said his door was opened by someone he didn’t know, pulled from the car and beaten by four men.

The victim said that during the assault he fought back, but was pistol-whipped and fell unconscious. He said that once he became conscious again he saw a man pointing a gun at him. The victim told police that his friends drove off.

The victim said the men removed his outer clothing, bound his hands and feet and took him for a ride. Eventually, according to the victim, he was let out and assaulted again. Officers requested medical attention for the victim, and say he sustained significant injuries but not considered life-threatening.

Officers canvasing the area located duct tape nearby and bloodied outer garments belonging to the victim in an unoccupied home near Newhall and Cave Streets.

Detectives suspect the victim was the known target of his abductors and that this crime was not perpetrated against a random person. The victim was treated and released from care at Yale New Haven Hospital.