Ledyard incident raises many questions
Reading The Day’s articles on Jan. 26 and 27 on the home invasion in Gales Ferry, I applaud Greg Smith for writing on this incident. If he had not, our community would not have known about the injustices the couple received from the Ledyard Police Department and New London County States Attorney’s Office. (“Victims of weekend home invasion in Ledyard criticize delay in arresting suspect.”)
Having a background in law enforcement for 26 years I recommend an investigation be done. The lapse in time is confusing to me. The crime happened on Sunday and the assailant was not arrested until Thursday when he turned himself in. He was given a bond of $5,000 ($500 cash) and released. The assailant should be charged with home invasion. If it is true home invasion requires the assailant to be armed or attempt to commit a felony, the law should be changed.
I have many questions for the police and attorney’s office.
1. Why wasn’t the assailant arrested Sunday upon the police’s arrival to the resident?
2. Why wasn’t the assailant arrested after release from the hospital?
3. Was the assailant in custody at the hospital?
4. Who reduced the charge to criminal trespassing?
5. Who denied the protection order?