Sailor, Girlfriend, Accused of Shooting from Balcony

Robert Sanchez and Rachel Whittinghill
New London Police

A member of the U.S. Navy and his girlfriend are accused of firing guns from their New London balcony.

Police responded to Shaw and Hamilton streets at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday and realized the shots were coming from a back porch on Hamilton Street, which led them to determine a man and woman were shooting what appeared to be a .22 caliber rifle and unknown caliber pellet gun from the back porch of 1 Hamilton Street, Unit #7.10, police said.

Robert Sanchez, 22, and his girlfriend Rachel Whittinghill, 22, were charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment in the second degree and breach of peace.

Sanchez, a three-year-member of the Navy, was released to the custody of the United States Navy on a $100,000 non-surety bond, police said.

Whittinghill was held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

No one was injured, but the siding of a barn behind the residence was damaged.

Police said they seized a Ruger .22 caliber rifle, refashioned and restocked to resemble an M-16 military-type rifle.

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