Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 10:34pm EDT
On January 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm, Branford Police Received a 911 call from A & M Service Station located at 117 North Main St., reporting that they were just held up and a weapon was implied, but not shown. The suspect, described as a Hispanic male, approximately 6’ tall, 220 lbs with his face covered with a white cloth (possibly a white t-shirt), carrying a gas can entered the service station and demanded the clerk to open the cash draw. There were two employees and a friend of one of the employees in the station at the time.
The suspect ordered two of the victims to the rear of the service station then directed the third victim to open the register. The suspect then reached over the counter, removed an undetermined amount of cash from the register draw and directed the last victim to the rear of the service station. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. A police k-9 search was conducted; however it is believed the suspect may have had a vehicle close by.
There were no injuries as a result of the incident. The Branford Police Department is asking for anyone with information that may help identify the suspect to call the Branford Police Department Detective Division at 203-481-4241.
Monday, January 3rd, 2011 1:18pm EDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
People’s Bank Hold-Up
22 Leetes Island Rd inside Stop & Shop.
On January 3, 2011 at 11:43 am, Branford Police Received a 911 call from the People’s Bank located inside Stop & Shop at 22 Leetes Island Rd. indicating that they were just held up. The suspect, a white male approximately 45 to 50 years old, 5’8” to 5’11” approached the counter and passed a hold up note that was concealed in a plastic shopping bag. (see attached photos) The demand note said “give me the money or die” There were no weapons displayed at the time of the robbery and nobody was hurt. The bank personnel complied and a undetermined amount of money was passed to the suspect.
The suspect then exited the store and proceeded to East Industrial Rd where he got into the rear seat of an older model grey car, believed to be a Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, which was parked adjacent to Stop & Shop opposing oncoming traffic and occupied by at least 2 other people.
The Branford Police Department is requesting assistance from anyone who may have been in the area that witnessed the incident or anyone who can identify the suspect caught on the surveillance video. All calls can be made to the Branford Police Department Detective Division at 203-481-4241. Information received will be confidential.
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 2:57pm EDT
Branford Police are investigating a robbery that happened last evening after the 64 year old female victim returned home from shopping. The incident occurred on Orchard Hill Road, in the Branford Hills section of town, just before 9:00 pm. as the victim was removing items from her car. She was approached from behind by a male wearing a black cap and plaid jacket, who pulled her pocketbook from her arms and ran into a nearby wooded area.
Responding police officers, as well as the departments K-9, combed the area for the assailant and possible evidence including the victim’s belongings.
Police are reminding residents as well as shoppers to be vigilant of their surroundings and their personal belongings.
Chief John DeCarlo said, “Our mission during the holiday season remains focused on the prevention of crime and victimization of our citizens. People can assist us by having a heightened awareness of their surroundings,” the Chief continued, “please be observant of suspicious people in parking areas and around your home. Most importantly, please report any unusual or suspicious activity to the police immediately.”
If anyone has any information concerning the robbery, they should contact Detective Ryan Tobin at
Sunday, December 12th, 2010 11:18am EDT
Branford Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that happened this morning at about 2:26 a.m. on Hosley Avenue. The incident is the fourth serious crash to be investigated by police in the past week.
The crash was reported by Juan Pablo Chuva (DOB 2/17/1988) of 17 Gentile Place, Branford who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Juan Chuva had to run about a mile to a nearby home to report the crash due to the secluded nature of where it occurred.
Arriving police officers and members of Branford Fire Department located the crash site and discovered Giovanny Chuva (DOB 9/11/1980) of 17 Gentile Place, Branford had been ejected from the motor vehicle at the time of the crash. Paramedics pronounced Giovanny Chuva, who is the brother of Juan Chuva, deceased at the scene. Juan Chuva was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for further medical treatment.
Sergeant Kris Hormuth, who supervised the investigation, said that officers are piecing the facts and circumstance leading to the crash together. Sergeant Hormuth said. “It appears at this juncture in the investigation that Giovanny was the operator of the vehicle and that speed was a factor.” She continued, “We have documented and collected evidence at the scene which will be further analyzed by our accident reconstruction officer for a final determination.”
Monday, April 26th, 2010 3:38pm EDT
The suspect in the homicide that occurred this morning at 255 Blueberry Lane is identified as Lishan Wang (DOB 1/23/1966) with a last known address of 3546 South East River Heights Crossing Marietta, Georgia. Wang is a Chinese National from Beijing.
Wang was taken into custody for the homicide of Vajinder Pal Toor M.D. Dr. Toor was affiliated with Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow, however there is no connection between the assailant and the victim that relates to the victim’s employment at Yale.
Chief John DeCarlo said, “Our agency is looking at a number of motives for this homicide. One is the possibility that Dr. Toor and Lishan Wang had a previous working relationship at a hospital in New York. We are unsure of the extent of their interactions at this time.”
Wang is being charged with Murder, Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, Weapons In a Motor Vehicle, Carrying a Handgun without a Permit, Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm. Wang is being held on a $2,000,000.00 bond.
Monday, April 26th, 2010 12:03pm EDT
Today at approximately 7:50 a.m. Branford Police were notified of gunshots and a possible shooting outside of 255 Blueberry Lane in the Meadows Condominiums. Citizens provided police with detailed information concerning a possible suspect and a vehicle that was fleeing the area.
Officer Joseph Peterson stopped the vehicle in the vicinity of the shooting and the lone suspect was taken into custody. Evidence in plain view within the vehicle preliminarily linked the suspect to the shooting.
Officers arriving at Blueberry Lane located the victim, Vajinder Pal Toor (DOB 11-22-75), who had been shot multiple times while in the parking near his residence. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Branford Fire Department paramedics. The victim was an M.D. working with the infectious disease section of Yale-New Haven Hospital. Chief John DeCarlo said that “Branford Police have determined that the shooting was not random and has no connection to the Yale community.”
During the investigation it was also determined that the victim’s wife had also been shot at however was unharmed.
Detective Lt. William Carroll, who is heading the investigation, said “Our detectives will be working closely with members of the Connecticut State Police Major Crime to piece this homicide together.”
Chief John DeCarlo credits the swift apprehension to the callers who provided such detailed information. “Although our officers are very skilled at what they do, it’s the continued support and cooperation of the public that make these types of investigations successful.” The Chief continued, “Our agency and grief counselors from the Branford Counseling Center are working closely with the victim’s family.”
The assailant, a Chinese National, whose identity is being withheld at this time, will be charged with Murder and Criminal attempt to Commit Murder. Branford Police indicated that there is no danger to the public at this time.
Monday, April 26th, 2010 11:42am EDT
A man was shot to death this morning @8:00am just outside of his home on Blueberry Lane. The man is reported to be a Doctor at Yale New Haven Hospital, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Another man was taken into custody a short distance from the scene on Brushy Plain Rd. Police report this subject is the alleged shooter. Branford Police have called the Connecticut State Police major Crime Squad in for assistance.
The Police Department also sent out a phone message to area residents telling them that they are safe as this appears to be an isolated incident.
Thursday, April 8th, 2010 1:55pm EDT
On Friday, April 2nd, 2010, officers from the Branford Police Department including selected members of the department’s patrol and detective division along members of the department’s Matrix Squad (officers assigned to proactive policing measures) conducted compliance checks for possible underage drinkers at six local bars and restaurants in Branford.
Lt. John Finkle, who is on a special assignment with the department’s Detective Division and lead the compliance checks said, “We are pleased to report that all six establishments were found to be in compliance. We would like to thank the owners, management, and employees of these establishments for their vigilance in checking identifications of their patrons.”
Chief John DeCarlo said, “As the summer approaches, additional compliance checks will be conducted at random times and we would like to remind the owners, management, and employees of all establishments where alcoholic beverages are served to continue to be vigilant in checking the identifications of their patrons.” The Chief continued, “Working together with local establishments, it is our intention to be proactive in preventing underage drinking and the associated public safety risks that goes along with it.”
The establishments checked included:
- Margarita’s at 377 East Main St.
- Cue and Brew at 131 Commercial Parkway
- SBC at 850 West Main St
- Eli’s at 624 West Main St
- Donovan’s Reef at 1212 Main St
- Bix’s Café at 246 Main St
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 2:09pm EDT
Today, just after 3:00 a.m. this morning a motor vehicle exited I-95 southbound and dialed 911 for medical assistance.
Branford Police Officers Brian McGinnis and Philip Ramey immediately located the vehicle and found a pregnant woman and her husband on the entrance ramp. The officers learned that the couple was enroute to the hospital where the woman was hopeful of delivering her second child. That desire was unfortunately not going to come to fruition as the mother told officers that she felt that the child was coming sooner than expected.
Fortunately for the couple, Officer McGinnis was an experience Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and maintains his skills as an ambulance attendant for American Medical Response. With the help of Officer Ramey, McGinnis assisted the mother delivering the baby boy at 03:12 hrs.
Within moments, Branford Fire Department Paramedics Paul Cipriani and Dan Kunze arrived and continued with medical treatment of the baby and mother. Both were eventually transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for further evaluation.
“I would like to congratulate the parents and on the birth of their baby boy” said Chief John DeCarlo. “I hope that the boy and his family enjoy a healthy and happy life.”
Friday, April 2nd, 2010 8:37am EDT
BRANFORD POLICE LOCATE LOST TODDLER AT 2:OO A.M. – PARENT LOCATED
At approximately 2:00am this morning the Branford Police received a call from a motorist who located a boy approximately 3 years old sitting on the on the curb at the intersection of Peddlers Drive and Florence Rd. The boy was lost and unable to provide officers with any information in regarding his last name, where he lives or his parent’s name.
Officers were initially unable to locate the parents, however this morning at 7:25 a.m. officers located the home where the child was visiting after knocking on resident’s doors.
Officers determined that the child and his mother were visiting from Washington DC and the child was sleeping at the uncle’s house for a sleep over with his cousins. The mother has been contacted.
Because of the nature of the investigation, the identity of the child will not be released by police. In addition the child is in the custody of DCF until a positive identification has been made.