Middlebury attempted armed robbery

Middlebury Police Chief James Viadero said police officers responded to a call from 138 Regan Road  Thursday, Nov. 6, at approximately 10 p.m. indicating an apparent armed robbery attempt had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers were met by several complainants from within the home who stated they were confronted by several individuals who had pulled up in front of the home in a vehicle that appeared to have four occupants. When the complainants exited the residence and walked past the vehicle, the complainants said words were exchanged and several occupants of the vehicle displayed handguns to them.

Several other people who were inside the Regan Road address heard the commotion, came out of the house and confronted the suspects, who then fled. During the confrontation, one of the suspects dropped a cell phone. As a result, officers were able to identify one of the suspects, a 16-year-old juvenile from Waterbury, and ultimately make an arrest.

One of the weapons used during the incident also was recovered and was later determined to be a pellet gun. The juvenile was processed and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery 1st, Criminal Attempt at Robbery 1st, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon and Breach of Peace. He will appear in juvenile court later next week to answer to the charges. Officer William Kalvaitis is the arresting /investigating officer; it is expected several more arrests will follow as a result of the investigation.

Chief Viadero said the officers involved in the initial response and subsequent investigation should be commended for their rapid response and diligence that resulted in an arrest. He said Friday that officers had not yet determined whether the suspects knew and intentionally targeted the Regan Road address or picked it at random.


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