Four Teens Arrested in Armed Groton Home Invasion That Injured Man

One person was hospitalized after he was pistol whipped during an armed home invasion on Friday and police have arrested four teenagers suspected of the crime.

Christian Cruz, 19, of Waterford, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old are facing home invasion and burglary charges.

Officers responded to Crystal Lake Road  on Friday and found four victims, one of whom needed medical care for "injuries consistent with being pistol whipped," police said in a news release. The man was taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London for treatment and he has since been released.

The home invasion wasn't random, according to police, who said the victims "were specifically targeted."

Investigators recovered two guns from the scene used during the home invasion.

Police identified four teenagers as suspects in the investigation and Waterford police helped Groton police locate them and take them into custody.

Officers charged Cruz with home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and criminal attempt to commit first-degree robbery. He was held in custody on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court on Monday, March 9.

Two 17-year-old suspects and a 16-year-old are facing identical charges. One of the 17-year-olds and the 16-year-old are also facing a charge of criminal use of a firearm. That 17-year-old was also charged with second-degree assault.

Police took the three juveniles to a juvenile detention center pending their court date.

The home invasion remains under investigation.

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