Suspect in Ansonia Crime Spree Assaulted 90-Year-Old Man: Police

A Beacon Falls man is accused of assaulting and robbing a 90-year-old man in Ansonia, leading police on a chase and additional crimes during a two-hour crime spree, according to police.

Police arrested 21-year-old Anthony Rodriguez-Horvath, of Beacon Falls, Tuesday.

They said Rodriguez-Horvath went into the 90-year-old man’s Clark Street home just before 11 a.m. Tuesday and demanded the man’s car keys. When the victim refused, Rodriguez-Horvath knocked him to the ground, took the man’s wallet and car keys, ripped the house phone out of the wall and stole the car, according to a news release from police.

Police found Rodriguez-Horvath driving the stolen car on Woodlawn Avenue and he fled from police at speeds exceeding 70 miles per hour on North Main Street, so police said they called off the chase.

Around 45 minutes after police called off the chase, they started receiving several 911 calls about a man trying to break into cars in the Big Y parking lot on Main Street.

After abandoning the stolen car in the parking lot of 540 Main St., he stole a Jeep Wrangler from Road Ready Used Cars, abandoned it in front of 252 Main St. and walked back to the Big Y Shopping Center, where he tried to break into two more cars before witnesses chased him from the lot and police took him into custody, according to police.

Police said they found him with a bag of marijuana in his mouth, police said. They also found additional narcotics.

Rodriguez-Horvath is also accused of breaking into a house on North State Street, but police said he did not take anything from the house.

Rodriguez-Horvath was charged with home invasion, assault in the third degree of a victim over 60 years old, robbery in the third degree, burglary in the first degree, two counts of burglary in the third degree, criminal attempt burglary third degree, two counts of larceny in the second degree, larceny in the third degree, two counts of criminal attempted larceny in the sixth degree, criminal mischief in the first degree, criminal mischief in the second degree, criminal mischief in the third degree, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana, interfering with an emergency call, possession of burglary tools, disobeying an officer’s signal, engaging in pursuit, reckless driving, traveling unreasonably fast, failure to obey stop light and failure to obey stop sign.

He was held on bonds totaling $290,000.

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