Man Locked In Trunk In Home Invasion

Police are investigating a report of a home invasion in Upper Westville in which armed robbers locked a homeowner in a trunk after pointing a gun at his children and fleeing with his money.

Police are searching for three suspects in the crime, which took place Tuesday on Stevenson Road, a quiet street near the Yale Golf Course.

Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman:

At 11:27 p.m., Officer Francisco Ortiz responded to a report of a home invasion on Stevenson Road.

The homeowner, who’s 38, told Ortiz he had been “robbed by three armed men and then locked in the trunk of his own car.”

The victim told Ortiz he was at home with his 2-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son when he heard footsteps. A masked man with a gun demanded money. The victim “handed over what cash he had.” Then two other men came in the room.

“When the victim told the men he had no more money, one of the intruders pointed his gun at the children. The victim said the men pistol-whipped him in the face and insisted he had more money,” Hartman said.

“The victim told them he had cash in his car. He said the intruders brought the two children, physically unharmed, to the bathroom before escorting him to the garage. Once at his car, the victim said he handed over an undisclosed sum of money. He said his assailants then locked him in the trunk of his car.

“The victim said he freed himself after a few minutes,” according to Hartman. The robbers fled. The victim wasn’t sure if they left foot or by car.

Police are seeking the public’s help tracking down three suspects of the following description:

• A tall black man with an average build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black face mask and carrying a handgun.
• A thin black man with a light complexion, approximately 5’09”, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.
• A black man in his early thirties with a husky build. He wore a grey hooded sweatshirt and carried a revolver.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call detectives at 203-946-6304.

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posted by: JohnTulin on January 15, 2014  12:52pm

Disgusting.  The emotional damages will prove more costly than the missing cash. What is the charge for robbing a two year old of her feeling of security.

posted by: PH on January 15, 2014  3:25pm

I look forward to these three spending an extremely long stint behind bars. Detect well, detectives. What a vile crime.

posted by: advocate6214 on January 15, 2014  3:27pm

Not an attempt in any way to justify such dangerous behavior, it appears that something has gone very wrong in our country where the rich and poor disparity continues to widen at an alarming rate, and many frustrated people are turning to crime(s)We must get back to opportunities of equal measure can be obtained allowing people to be self supporting with meaningful gainful employment.

posted by: Mary Brown on January 15, 2014  8:49pm

That is just horrible. I feel for the all 3 victims in this situation and hope these thieves are stopped before they traumatize another family.

posted by: wendy1 on January 16, 2014  9:26am

Home invasion is right up there with rape and murder.  I recommend a book called Strong on Defense written by a cop whose daughter was a victim.

Our economy is in the crapper, our society is crumbling, and our planet is dying.  God help us.  In the meantime, prepare your home and yourself to thwart the expected increase in crime.

posted by: JohnTulin on January 17, 2014  12:12pm

Does this smell like an inside job to anyone else?