Burglars Pistol Whipped Stratford Residents, Held Them at Gunpoint: Cops

Police have arrested two people accused of breaking into a Stratford home, pistol whipping four residents and holding them at gunpoint before stealing jewelry, money and electronics.

According to police, Jonathan J. Ortega, 30, and Victor Larrea, 35, both of Bridgeport, entered the backyard of a home on Birdseye Street in Stratford around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and pistol whipped two people outside on the deck.

Ortega and Larrea forced them inside the home, then pistol whipped two other people and held them at gunpoint, according to police. One of the suspects then rifled through the home and stole jewelry, money and electronic equipment.

Police tracked the suspects to a hotel at 360 Honeyspot Road and arrested them.

They have each been charged with second-degree assault, second-degree threatening, second-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful restraint, home invasion, first-degree burglary, third-degree larceny, first-degree robbery, two counts of risk of injury to a minor, carrying a dangerous weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Larrea was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Bond for both men was set at $500,000. It's not clear if they have attorneys.

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