A Waterbury police officer was struck by a car that was being used as a get-away vehicle after a home invasion Saturday night.
Police were called to Coe St. to investigate a home invasion robbery. Police say that three male suspects armed with handguns forced their way into a residence on Coe St. and stole cash and other items from the victims.
The victims were not injured and police believe that this was not a random act and that there is a connection between the suspects and the victims.
The suspects fled the scene in a black BMW and a black Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Officers found the vehicles a short time later, parked on Ridgewood St.near the intersection of Willow St.
When officers approached the BMW, the driver Edward Blancaneauex drove at the officers, striking one and nearly hitting a second officer.
The second officer fired his weapon at Blancaneauex, striking only the vehicle and not the driver.
The officer who was struck suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from St. Mary’s Hospital.
The Jeep, driven by Octavious Williams, was also on Ridgewood St. After brief pursuits, both cars and suspects were found.
Blancaneauex was charged with two counts of Criminal Attempt at Assault on an Officer, Home Invasion, Conspiracy at Home Invasion, Robbery 1st,Conspiracy at Robbery 1st, and Larceny 2nd.
Williams is charged with Home Invasion, Conspiracy at Home Invasion, Robbery 1st, Conspiracy at Robbery 1st, Larceny 2nd, and Criminal Possession of a Firearm.
Williams has an extensive criminal history including felony convictions for robbery and weapon charges.
Both are being held on $750,000 bond and will appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Monday morning.