Resident Pistol-Whipped During Armed Home Invasion in New Haven

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    Three young men broke into an apartment on Whittlesey Avenue early Friday morning, assaulting a resident and stole items before a neighbor chased after them. The intruders eventually got away, sparking a massive manhunt in New Haven. (Published Friday, Jul 25, 2014)

    New Haven police are searching for three intruders who committed a home invasion on Friday morning and pistol-whipped a resident.

    Police believe one of the three armed men entered the Whittlesey Avenue home around 3 a.m. by dislodging an air conditioner and opened the door for his accomplices.

    The men ransacked the victim's room and stole two cell phones, a PlayStation III, a wireless surround-sound system, cash and a couple thousand dollars worth of Gucci & Prada sunglasses, according to police.

    A woman living in an upstairs apartment heard the commotion and called another resident to find out what was going on.

    He he was not home, but rushed back and arrived as one of the burglars was coming out of the building, according to police.

    The burglar dropped the box of stolen items, warned the other two burglars and all three fled, according to police.

    One of the burglars grabbed the box from the driveway, got into a gray Nissan and took off.

    A resident of another apartment pursued the burglar and caught up to him as he pulled into the driveway at 246 West Elm Street, but the burglar fired a gunshot into the air, ran into a home, came out a minute later without his hooded sweatshirt and jeans, got back into the car and drove off, police said.

    Police later recovered the Nissan in Ansonia, but the burglar was not inside.

    The burglars are described as young men, possibly teenagers. One was around 5-feet-6 and weighs about 150 pounds. He has short hair and a goatee and had a black handgun.

    The second wore a black T-shirt and pants and had a smaller silver handgun. There was no description of the third man.

    If you have information that could help police, call 203-946-6304 and speak with a detective.