Shelton man charged in home invasion robbery of 78-year-old woman

A 60-year-old Shelton man is in custody and facing multiple charges in the alleged home invasion robbery of a 78-year-old Ansonia woman.

According to police, John Filippone of Perry Avenue has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree assault on an elderly person and sixth-degree larceny. He was due in court this morning after being held on $500,000 bond.

The Ansonia Police Detective Division arrested Filippone at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in West Haven, where he was taken into custody without incident.


Early Monday, July 15,  at approximately 2 a.m., Ansonia police received a call from a Tremont Street resident that someone had broken into the home and taken money from her after allegedly forcing her to the floor.

The victim, a 78-year-old female, reported hearing noise in her kitchen and when she went to investigate, she was approached by a male.

He then allegedly forced the victim to the floor and repeatedly asked her for money. The victim told the intruder that she had money in her pocketbook, and he allegedly took the pocketbook and fled from the residence. The male stole approximately $40 in cash and  took the female’s pocketbook with identification and credit cards inside of it, police said.

According to the report, he had gained entry by a kitchen window. No weapons were displayed or used in a threatening manner.

A strong suspect has been developed in this case but any information may be helpful. No description is available of the suspect at this time other than a male wearing shorts.

Residents are asked to keep a careful eye out for any suspicious activity and or people who are not familiar in the area.  This case is still under investigation, and police are asking anyone with information to call 203-735-1885 and ask for Ansonia Police Det. John Rafalowski.