New Haven police have arrested one of the three men suspected in a violent home invasion and robbery in which a gun was pointed at children and their father was assaulted, then locked in the trunk of his own car.
Police responded to a home on Stevenson Road at 11:27 p.m. on Jan. 14. and the 38-year-old homeowner relayed the violent events, police said. He later admitted to knowing one of the assailants.
The victim said he was home with his 2-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son when he heard footsteps and a masked man with a handgun demanded money.
The victim said he handed over the cash he had and two other men entered the room.
When the victim told the men he did not have any more money, one of the intruders pointed his gun at the man’s children, police said.
The intruders beat the homeowner with a pistol and he insisted that he did not have more money, but then said he had cash in his car.
The intruders then brought the two children into the bathroom before taking their father to the garage, police said.
The victim then gave the intruders cash and the men locked him in the trunk of his car.
After a few minutes, the victim freed himself from his car.
Police have apprehended Michael Hamilton, 34, of West Division Street in New Haven and said the homeowner admitted to knowing Hamilton personally.
As officers were searching Hamilton's home at 334-336 West Division Street, they recovered two loaded handguns, items taken during the home invasion, a box of ammunition and a pound of marijuana, police said.
Hamilton has been charged with home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny and two counts of risk of injury to children.
Police provided the following descriptions:
One tall man had an average build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black face mask and was carrying a handgun.
Another man was 5-feet-9 and thin. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.
The third man was husky and in his early thirties. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and carried a revolver.