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4 people arrested in connection with Sharon home invasion, homicide


Four people have been arrested Wednesday in connection with a home invasion and murder in Sharon in August 2012, police said.

Troopers arrived at home on Cornwall Bridge Road on Aug. 6 after a reported shooting. Upon arrival, troopers found a woman, who was later identified as Rita Vitalis, tied up, but not seriously harmed. 

A man, who was later identified as Lucas Vitalis, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Lucas Vitalis was pronounced dead at the crime scene, police said.

According to police, two men who were wearing bandanas to cover this faces entered the home and tied up Rita Vitalis' hands. They then proceed upstairs and shot  Lucas Vitalis, police said.

After a 13-month investigation, police arrested four people in connection with the crime and are expected to make more arrests.

Niraj Patel, 26, of Warren, Hiral Patel, 25, of Branford, and Michael Calabrese, 27, of Warren, were charged with felony murder, home invasion, first-degree kidnapping with a firearm, first-degree robbery and hindering prosecution.

Shyam Patel DOB, 27, of Warren, was charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution.

All four suspects are expected to be arraigned at Litchfield Superior Court on Thursday.

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