New London police make arrest in Christmas Day robbery

New London — Police have arrested a man who allegedly worked with a partner to rob and assault another man in a Broad Street residence on Christmas Day.

Lavelle Noelle Colebut, 37, of 233 Broad St. is the accused.

According to police, officers were called to 324 Broad St. for a reported assault at 5:50 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, they learned from the male victim that two men had forced their way into his residence after he answered a knock at the door.

The victim told police one of the men punched him in the mouth while the second grabbed his wallet and took $800 in cash off a table.

Police said the victim wrestled his wallet back, but the suspects ran away with the cash. The assault left the victim with a cut lip and a loose tooth, according to police.

Police identified Colebut as a suspect and by 11:30 p.m. Monday had him in custody. Their investigation remains active.

Colebut, held on a $50,000 court-set bond, is facing charges of second-degree robbery, third-degree assault, second-degree burglary and fifth-degree larceny.

Court records show Groton Town police charged Colebut on a warrant after New London police took him into custody. He’s facing 10 charges in that case, including engaging police in pursuit, driving without a license and evading responsibility. Records show the case stems from an Aug. 18 incident.

Colebut’s next New London Superior Court appearance for both cases is scheduled for Jan. 23.

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