New Haven police investigate Wooster Square assault

(WTNH/ Brian Spyros)
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Crime Scene Tape covering Academy Street near Wooster Square Park in New Haven (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A woman was injured during a home invasion in her New Haven apartment early Thursday morning.

Residents in the Wooster Square community woke up to detectives at their door and crime scene tape. Charles Murphy told News 8, “A load of police cars, the street blocked off.”

New Haven Police said a 25-year old woman was assaulted in her basement apartment on Academy Street during an early morning home invasion.

Marc Osborne added, “I’m horrified that anything like this could happen to anyone regardless of age.”

The vicious attack left the woman with injuries to her face and neck. “The fact that she is 25 and that she moved to this area recently makes it infinitely more awful,” said Osborne added.

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New Haven police investigating an home invasion on Academy Street (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

Giacomo Mancini said, “I’m very disturbed about it and now people entering your home it is insane. It is crazy.”

Detectives collected evidence from the scene and removed items from the apartment. Lisa Moore said, “It is sort of not surprising in a way because we are right on the edge of some marginal neighborhoods.”

People with Wooster Square Watch keep an eye on the neighborhood. Charlotte Murphy added, “There’s a real network here that does keep things safe which makes it doubly unusual.”

Residents think the foot traffic has helped deter crime. Charles Murphy told News 8, “All the dog owners and dog walkers help to keep it that way because they are in the park and walking around the neighborhood.

Residents said they never let their guard down. Lisa Moore said, “My husband is religious about keeping the doors locked even when we are at home.” Osborne added, “I think that these are the kinds of things that happen in urban areas even in the most wonderful neighborhoods in the world.”

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