Two allegedly assault victim, steal vehicle

Todd Skeens, 18, of Derby, is facing charges, along with a 17-year-old whose name was not given.

Todd Skeens, 18, of Derby, is facing charges, along with a 17-year-old whose name was not given.

Two teenagers were arrested Sept. 4 after an alleged motor vehicle theft.

Police responded at approximately 12:30 a.m., to the Bridgeport Avenue commuter lot, on a report of a motor vehicle theft.

The 52-year-old victim told police that two males approached him outside at his residence in Shelton and asked for a ride to the hospital. One male claimed to be injured, reports allege.

The victim agreed to bring them to the hospital and while they were driving the males asked to go to a home instead.

After helping the injured male to the residence, the victim headed back to his vehicle. Both males then allegedly assaulted the victim by forcing him to the ground and taking his cell phone and car keys. The males fled in the victim’s vehicle.

The victim sustained minor injuries and had to walk a distance before he was able to call the police using a passerby’s cell phone. The victim stated that as he was trying to find help, the males drove by him and taunted him by honking the horn on the vehicle they just stole from him.

Approximately an hour later, Shelton Police spotted the victim’s vehicle which took off at a high rate of speed.  Officers were unable to catch up to the vehicle.

Detectives continued the investigation, and with assistance from the Ansonia and Derby police departments, were able to identify the two suspects in the case.

Shelton Police located and arrested Todd Skeens, 18, of Derby, and charged him with second degree robbery, conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery, second degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny, third-degree assault and conspiracy to commit third-degree assault.  His bond was $75,000.

The second suspect fled on foot and was apprehended shortly afterwards following a brief struggle with police, reports allege. The suspect, a 17 year old juvenile from Ansonia, was charged with interfering with an officer and engaging the police in a pursuit in addition to the charged listed above for Skeens. The teen — whose name was not released because of his age —  was brought to juvenile detention.

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