SIGNIFICANT ROBBERY ARRESTS,
(10/30/2008) NEW HAVEN- Officers working an extra-duty shift at the Scott Ridge Housing complex Wednesday evening were responsible for three arrests, taking four guns off of the street and partaking in a foot pursuit after a suspect shot at officers. At 7:56 p.m. Wednesday, officers reported to 61 Pierpoint Street where a street robbery had taken place. The victim in the incident was pistol-whipped and had a significant amount of cash stolen from him. Officers located the suspects who were attempting to flee from the scene and apprehended both.
Dewayne Redo, a 25-year-old New Haven resident was arrested and charged with: Robbery in the 1st, Assault in the 2nd, Weapon in a motor vehicle, Criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Altering or removing a serial number from a firearm, Criminal use of a firearm, Larceny in the 2nd degree, Carrying a pistol without a permit and Operating a motor vehicle without a license. Also arrested was a 17-year-old New Haven resident who was charged with: Weapon in a motor vehicle, Carrying a Pistol without a permit, Altering or removing a serial number from a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a school.
Later that evening, at 10:22 p.m., an officer in the vicinity responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at 150 Quinnipiac Avenue. Upon arrival, the suspect fled through the back door of the home and engaged police in a foot pursuit. The two officers involved in the Pierpoint Street incident also responded, picking up the officer on foot and following the suspect in their vehicle. When officers located the suspect two exited the vehicle and reengaged in a foot pursuit at which time the suspect turned and fired at the two officers with a handgun. One officer returned fire but did not injure the suspect. The suspect disappeared, running through yards in the neighborhood. Officers recovered the handgun behind a home on Farren Avenue and later located the suspect in a trash receptacle in the area.
"Officers reacted quickly and skillfully, putting their lives on the line as they do every time they respond to a dangerous incident,” said Chief James Lewis. “They were dealing with a suspect who threatened their safety but they responded professionally and tactfully making the apprehension and keeping this man from hurting anyone else."
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