Police are searching for the tried to rob a Hamden businessman at gunpoint, then ran off when they realized his pockets were empty.
According to police, two masked men approached a 33-year-old carpenter near 100 Columbus Street while he was unloading his work van around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. One put a gun to his head while the other searched his pockets.
They fled the scene after failing to find any valuables, police said. The suspects were last seen on foot heading northbound on the Farmington Canal Line. No one was injured and nothing was stolen.
Building owner Chris O'Connor said the carpenter recently moved to Connecticut from New York and doesn't believe the attack was targeted.
"I think it was somebody walking down the Canal Line that saw him and [thought], 'There's an opportunity right there, let's do it,'" O'Connor said. "I don't think anybody would have ever staked him out because there's rarely anybody here late at night."
Police are working to identify the suspects. One is described as a dark-skinned man with a heavy build standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing dark clothing. The second is described as a dark-skinned man, thin and about 5 feet 11 inches tall, wearing a shiny “Halloween-type mask.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Hamden police at 203-230-4040.