Three teenagers from New Haven are facing charges after reportedly attacking and robbing a 26-year-old man while he was walking home from work yesterday evening.
According to police, the victim was on his way home from workaround 7:15 p.m. Monday when he was struck in the back of the head around 10 Amistad Street in New Haven.
The victim told police he turned around and saw three teenagers, who surrounded him, punched him in the face and stole his iPhone and wallet. One of the teens had his hand in his pocket as though holding a gun, the victim said.
An officer in the area of Howard Avenue and Minor Street chased three people who appeared to be the suspects and caught up with one of them, a 17-year-old from Hallock Avenue in New Haven.
Shortly thereafter, two other officers apprehended a 15-year-old from Greenwich Avenue in New Haven.
The third suspect got away, but was later identified as a 17-year-old living on Eastern Street in New Haven.
He was taken into custody after police arrested a man with a BB gun at the Church Street South public housing complex who had reportedly spent time with the attackers. That investigation helped police to identify the third juvenile.
The three suspects were held at the Juvenile Detention Center on Housatonic Avenue in Bridgeport. They were charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit all four. Police said two of the juveniles have criminal records and are on probation.
The victim was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of a bloody nose and possibly a broken jaw.
Investigators are working to determine whether the three suspects are connected to a similar robbery that happened in the same area yesterday.