Police Make Second Arrest in Connection With Watertown Kidnapping, Home Invasion - NBC Connecticut

Police Make Second Arrest in Connection With Watertown Kidnapping, Home Invasion

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    Watertown police have arrested a second person in connection with the kidnapping and robbery of a man last month.

    Police said they started investigating on April 23 when they were called to the area of Falls and Sunnyside avenues to investigate reports of a man being kidnapped at gunpoint.

    They learned that the victim had met with a female at his home and she drove him a short distance away before stopping the vehicle on the side of the road. Once she stopped, two men who were following in another vehicle got into the backseat of her vehicle and 22-year-old Youssef Mohammed, of Bridgeport, pointed a Colt .45 handgun at the victim and asked for “the money and drugs,” police said.

    The group brought the victim back to his house and Mohammed and another man forced him inside then stole cash and some electronics, according to police.

    The victim was not hurt and the female and three males left, according to police.

    When police found Mohammed, they located drugs on him and he was held on drug charges, according to police.

    After the incident, detectives learned that Mohammed was trying to threaten and intimidate the victim, police said. He was charged with attempt at intimidating a witness.

    Police believe the victim was specifically targeted.

    On Tuesday, police said they also arrested 30-year-old Karitza Zavala-Gomez, of Bridgeport, who is accused of driving the vehicle and being a co-conspirator. 

    She was charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree, conspiracy at kidnapping in the first degree with a firearm, conspiracy at home invasion, conspiracy at burglary in the first degree, conspiracy at larceny in the second degree and conspiracy at robbery in the first degree. 

    She was held on a $250,000.00 bond.

    Police previously arrested Youssef, who was charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree with a firearm, home invasion, burglary in the first degree, larceny in the second degree and robbery in the first degree. 

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