August 7, 2014
A man armed with a rifle entered Congress Mini Mart in New Haven, Conn. and attempted to rob the store. At some point the thief left, then traveled to the nearby Nino’s Market convenience store and attempted to rob it. The clerk at Nino’s responded to the threat by retrieving a gun and shooting the criminal in the chest, killing him. Police have confirmed that the clerk was in compliance with Connecticut’s gun laws.
Bizarrely, the clerks at Congress Mini Mart and Nini’s Market are brothers.
October 8, 2012
A 27-year-old woman was staying the night at her aunt’s house, when she heard a suspicious noise. The woman retrieved a gun, went to investigate, and spotted an intruder in her aunt’s kitchen. After he was discovered, the home invader approached the woman, at which point she fired, causing him to flee.
July 30, 2012
A 67-year-old man was at his home in New Haven, Conn. when he heard a suspicious noise. The homeowner went to investigate, first spotting a screen that had been forced open, then a naked intruder. A struggle ensued, during which the homeowner was able to retreat to another floor and retrieve a handgun. The homeowner then went back to confront the criminal and ordered the man to leave. When the home invader refused, another altercation ensued, during which the homeowner shot the criminal in the chest.
The home invader was taken to a local hospital where he is listed as in critical condition.
December 6, 2011
A pair of armed criminals entered Babe’s Market convenience store in New Haven, Conn. and demanded money from the owner and a customer. The 22-year-old store owner, Karar Jawad, explained...
September 30, 2010
An armed robber entered Peking Chinese Restaurant in Bridgeport, Conn. and ordered food while an accomplice waited outside. As an employee opened the cash register, the criminal drew...
May 5, 2010
A man was eating his lunch on a bench in Wooster Square Park in New Haven, Conn., when a robber armed with a knife approached and ordered, “Give me all your money or I’ll stab you.”...
July 30, 2009
John Gold of Plainfield, Conn. awoke to a suspicious sound in his home around 10:30 p.m. When Gold went to investigate, he saw the beam of a flashlight making its way around his home....
December 5, 2008
Dexter Jones, the owner of a barbershop in New Haven, Conn., was at the shop around 11 p.m. when two armed men tried to rob him. The two men, in masks and carrying guns, ran up to Jones...
February 1, 2006
After an armed burglar stole $100 from his home, Angel Benitez took
a self-defense class and obtained a concealed-carry permit. "This
year, I'm going to prepare myself," Benitez...
February 1, 2003
The owner of Borla's Service Station in Waterbury, Conn., couldn't
believe his eyes when he glanced at the closed-circuit security
monitor in his office. He saw a man threatening...
August 1, 2002
When three masked men broke into 77-year-old Edward Gustavson's
home to rob him early one morning, they probably thought the
elderly man would be easy pickings. They tied Gustavsons...
September 1, 2001
A New Fairfield, Conn., couple was startled late one
Thursday evening when two armed men rushed them as they were
returning from an evening out. The men forced their way into the
July 1, 2001
An East Side convenience store owner fended off a knife-wielding thug with a gun he keeps for protection since he was robbed several years ago in a similar attack. "The suspect made...
March 1, 2001
Seventy-nine-year-old businessman Ernest Ryan who is known as the 'Warden of Boardman Bridge' because of his protective attitude toward his own and neighboring businesses in New Milford,...
February 1, 2000
Frank Herrmann was at his secluded Killingworth, Conn., home
one evening when he responded to noises from outside. Licensed for
many years to carry a handgun, Herrmann armed himself...
February 1, 1999
Pharmacy owner Richard Bromberg, 60, was in the habit of
catching up on paperwork in his Hartford, Connecticut, store on
Sunday afternoon, but this time would be different. Although...
May 1, 1998
A youth armed with a butcher knife and a .25 cal. pistol
entered Allen Khouja's Bridgeport, Connecticut, market and demanded
money. Khouja had begun to comply when the would-be robber...
April 1, 1998
It's not every day that a man kneels on top of you while
holding a gun to your head. When Gregory Blackinton, a
right-to-carry permit holder, saw this happening to someone in
August 1, 1997
"I was in fear of my life every second, and every second
seemed like forever," Wethersfield, Connecticut, jewelry store owner
Bill Murray said. Two men armed with stun guns entered...
October 1, 1996
University of Bridgeport [Connecticut] professor Hans van
der Giessen was asleep in his home when the sound of somebody
kicking in his front door awakened him. Grabbing his .25 cal.
August 1, 1996
"Hang up the phone, I'm going to shoot you." Milford,
Connecticut, pawn store owner Rocco Candella looked up and saw a
robber pointing a gun at him. Candella laid the cordless phone...
February 1, 1996
After a strange car pulled up in front of her rural home for
a second time, the lone Griswold, Connecticut, woman telephoned her
brother to come and investigate. But before he could...
December 1, 1995
A Hamden, Connecticut, man tried every way possible to force
a pit bull to release his Pekinese puppy from its jaws, including
biting the huge, aggressive dog in the head himself....
September 1, 1995
Awakened by the sound of her barking dogs, a Clinton,
Connecticut, woman inspected her house and found not only a screen
missing from a kitchen window, but also a heavyset intruder...
August 1, 1995
William Buchas and his wife were walking across a
Plainville, Connecticut, store parking lot with an armful of
groceries when Buchas' wife noticed a man inside their camper.
August 1, 1995
Seymour, Connecticut, race shop owners Vinny Anglace and
Scott Ritter stopped by their business to search for a missing
transmission when they discovered an unlocked door and a partially
July 1, 1995
Despite being struck in the side by a robber's bullet,
Hartford, Connecticut, jewelry store employee Alex Keylin managed to
return fire with his .25 cal., protecting a fellow employee...
May 1, 1995
Fifty police and a Coast Guard helicopter couldn't find
their man, but a Windsor, Connecticut, homeowner with a 9 mm pistol
halted a day-long crime spree. The hunted fugitive had...
April 1, 1995
A would-be rapist started the year off on the wrong foot
when he attempted to rape an armed West Hartford, Connecticut, woman
as she walked home early on New Year's Day. Dragging...
February 1, 1994
"One of the patrons in the store got the drop on them," was
how one police officer described the scene at a Waterbury,
Connecticut, convenience store after a customer shot and killed...
January 1, 1994
A female clerk at a Stamford, Connecticut, area store
noticed a man stuffing two videos into his pants before coming to
the counter to pay for a magazine. When confronted, the man...
September 1, 1993
While the situation ended without incident, armed citizen
Michael Acree stood ready to lend a hand when a police officer
stopped a carload of unruly teenagers outside his Salem,
April 1, 1993
A Bridgeport, Conn., oil delivery man handed over the few
dollars he had. But the thug, apparently unsatisfied with his take,
turned his gun on his victim and demanded more money....
June 1, 1992
Peter DelFranco, owner of a Bridgeport, Conn., pizza shop,
ordered a man out of the store after he tried to get change for a
roll of "dimes" actually containing pennies. Instead...
November 1, 1991
After previous threats from his son-in-law, Guy Martin was
ready when the heavily armed off-duty policeman smashed his way into
Martin's New Britain, Conn., home. After the intruder...
March 1, 1991
Carol Hawkins of Alexandria, Va., was lost and looking for a
friend's house in Norwalk, Conn., when a man approached her car and
pointed a gun at her. When the thug opened the car...
December 1, 1990
In his haste to escape from a homeowner who fired several
shots at him, a 16-year-old burglar stabbed himself with his own
knife when he fell off the roof of a New Haven, Conn., home....
February 1, 1990
A Manchester, Conn., woman pulled into a parking lot and was
jumped by two teenagers who tried to steal her purse. The pair
knocked down the 68-year-old woman, but she refused to...
December 1, 1989
A man apparently intent on robbing the same Southington,
Conn., convenience store twice in one week entered the store wearing
a bag over his head. He approached the manager, whose...
November 1, 1989
Sixty-seven-year-old Mary Mayo and her husband, 72, were
asleep in their Hartford, Conn., home when a knock came at the door.
The husband unlatched the door and a knife-wielding man...