Four people are facing charges after police say they tried to rob two 16-year-old boys in New Haven last week.
It happened around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 when the suspects approached the boys, followed them and asked for directions, according to police.
The boys were suspicious and tried to walk away, but one of the suspects, 19-year-old Michael Stanley, grabbed one of their shirt sleeves and tried to grab the suspect’s iPhone, police said.
Stanley then tried to punch the victim in the face but missed. Police said the victim struck Stanley with his iPhone, giving the boys a chance to get away. They ran home and told one of their fathers, according to police.
The father called police, then got a group together and chased the suspects to one of their homes at 49 Clinton Avenue. A 17-year-old suspect pulled out a long-barreled gun and ran with the other suspects into the basement of the home, police said.
Police arrested Stanley, of 23 Townsend Street, and charged him with attempted first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and two drug-possession offenses.
Brian Garcia-Abreu, 21, who lives at 49 Clinton Avenue, was charged with first-degree robbery.
The 17-year-old suspect was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, criminal attempt to commit first-degree robbery, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor. Police said he admitted to having a gun and pointing it at one or both of the victims.
A 16-year-old suspect was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.