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Two teens charged in armed robbery, assault in New London

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New London — Police arrested two teens — ages 16 and 14 — for allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint, stealing his vehicle and driving off with the owner on the hood.

The incident occurred Monday afternoon, when police said the 62-year-old victim called police to report his car keys were taken at gunpoint after he parked and got out of his vehicle in the vicinity of 202 Colman St.

Police arrived to find the victim lying on the sidewalk with apparent injuries in the area of Colman Street and Garfield Avenue. The victim told officers that while the two males were making their getaway in his vehicle, he stood in the roadway in an attempt to stop them. The two suspects kept driving with the victim on the hood until he fell off.

Police said they found the stolen vehicle abandoned in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Lincoln Court and the two male suspects in adjacent yards. Both were apprehended after a foot chase. Police said a BB gun was recovered after the arrest.

The 16-year-old faces numerous charges that include first-degree robbery, second-degree assault on an elderly person, carrying a pistol without a permit, third-degree larceny, reckless driving and driving without a license. The 14-year-old faces charges of accessory to first-degree robbery, accessory to third-degree larceny, tampering with evidence and breach of peace. Police said area schools were placed in lockdown during the incident.

Police do not release the names of individuals under the age of 18 who are arrested. The criminal cases were referred to juvenile court.

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