Police Arrest Waterbury Home Invasion Suspects Posing as Residents

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    Waterbury Police Department
    Waterbury police arrested Bernard Rodriguez-Rivera in connection to a home invasion on Willow Street Tuesday.

    Three masked men invaded a Willow Street home in Waterbury at gunpoint Tuesday evening and pretended to live there when police arrived.

    But law enforcement officials weren’t fooled. Officers arrested Waterbury suspects Omar Arroyo-Ramos, 23, of 15 Hopkins St., Christopher Jusino-Rodriguez, 22, of 108 Hill St., and Bernard Rodriguez-Rivera, 31, of 110 Willow St., on numerous charges in the invasion of the home on the 300 block of Willow Street, police confirmed.

    As armed men forced entry into the home, one resident escaped safely with the family's 18-month-old baby boy through a window, police confirmed. The invaders – carrying an Airsoft gun and stolen 40-caliber pistol – knocked a male resident still inside the home onto the floor and kicked him, according to police. During the incident, one of the residents called police and officers responded.

    The invaders likely knew the victims and that the incident may be related to reported gunshots down the street on Sunday, police confirmed.

    The three suspects face charges of home invasion, first-degree robbery, risk of injury and criminal attempt to commit second-degree larceny, as well as numerous weapons charges, police confirmed.

    Rodriguez-Rivera, who lives on the same street as the victims, was already on probation for 18 years for an unrelated larceny conviction from January, according to the state judicial website. Jusino-Rodriguez also faces burglary charges in three separate cases from March but has pleaded not guilty.

    Police confirmed that the pistol used in Tuesday’s home invasion was stolen in a March robbery.

    The suspects are scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Thursday, the Republican-American reports.