Woman Hurt In Home Invasion
by Staff | Feb 23, 2012 4:44 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
In what police are investigating as a home invasion, a woman awoke from a nap on her sofa to find five women kicking and punching her.
Police found that the incident may have stemmed from a dispute over a boy.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
At 2:28 p.m. on Wednesday, Officer Jeffrey King responded to a report of a home invasion at an apartment building on the 400 block of Lombard Street in Fair Haven. The victim told him she’d been sleeping when five women attacked her. She was scratched and bruised but declined medical assistance. She told Officer King that she didn’t know of any enemies, “but believed this crime was in some way related to an altercation between her niece and another girl, earlier on Kensington Street,” Hartman wrote. “The altercation was apparently over the affections of a boy.”
When he arrived on the scene, Officer King was delayed at the door of the apartment building because it required key card access. Officer Hartman released the following tips for making sure cops can get to the scene of a crime promptly.
Police Officers & Emergency Responders everywhere have all run into this problem from time to time. Calls for assistance are made from an apartment occupant. The apartment building has a locked entry or foyer door. Some require a key, while others a key card or access code to enter. If you live in a building with such secured entryways, you must arrange for the emergency responders to have access.
Suggestions include the following;
1. Notify a friend or neighbor and ask that they wait for emergency responders to arrive and be available to let them in.
2. Provide the Emergency call taker with a keypad access code that they can pass along to the Emergency Responders.
3. Provide area Officers and Firefighters with a key card. The card should be labeled and be kept in the area’s emergency vehicles (Police cars & Fire trucks).
4. Establish a keypad access code specifically for emergency responders and provide it to Police, Firefighters & AMR.
When seconds count, it’s imperative that we can get to those who are counting on us for help.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
Robbery: At around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Garry Hammill was approached near Whalley Avenue and Ella Grasso Boulevard by two men who told him they’d just been robbed on Whalley near Ellsworth Avenue. They said they’d gotten off a bus and started walking down the street, then realized they were being followed. The followers called for them to stop. They did, and were surrounded by five teenagers who demanded valuables. One of the pair of victims turned over a cell phone, $4 and some loose change. The other refused to turn over anything. The robbers took off.
Burglary: Ferrucci’s Deli, at 140 Wooster St., was burgled around midnight Wednesday. A window was smashed and a thief or thieves made off with the cash register.
Gunfire/Trespassing: At around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Officers Newton Anderson, Sean Mahr, Martin Feliciano, Armando Vale, Michael DeFonzo and Sgt. Rose Turney responded to reported gunfire near 143 Poplar St. in Fair Haven. Officers spread out looking for a blue house mentioned by a caller who said a gunshot victim was in the basement.
Police found the caller. “He said he’d been sitting in his car waiting for his cousin in front of 34 Wolcott St., when a man opened the car door and asked him for a ride out of the area. [The man] said he told him to close the door and leave him be. [The man], who didn’t know [the other man], got out and walked to the common rear hallway of 34 Wolcott St., where he met his cousin. [The other man] had followed him, prompting [the man]‘s cousin to ask who he was. [The man] said he didn’t know. [The other man] was told to get out. As they were leaving, gunshots rang out. [The man] said he ran downstairs to the basement for cover. He emerged some time later to speak with police,” Hartman wrote.
Meanwhile, Officer Anderson came across two men in the driveway of 34 Wolcott St. He ordered them to step into the light. One did, the other slipped away. The man who stepped out told cops he was the man who was shot at. “He said he’d been out for a walk on Poplar Street, when he heard several gunshots. Suspecting he was the one being shot at, he ducked into the driveway, hoping to make it home through the rear yards. He said he didn’t know the man he’d been with when spotted by Officer Anderson,” Hartman wrote.
Officers went into the basement where the found the man who had asked for a ride—the same man who had slipped away in the darkness—hiding in a corner. Police arrested him on charges of trespassing and interfering with police.
Cops found two cartridges on Poplar Street. A silver van was hit by one bullet.
For block-by-block year-to-date crime info, and daily crime maps, check the Independent’s crime log.
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