A photo of the gun used by the teenage suspect. (New London police photo)
A gun used by one of the homeowners to detain the 15-year-old suspect. (WFSB photo)
Victim Kevin Dennis spoke with Eyewitness News. (WFSB photo)
Richard Dennis said he suffered minor injuries. (Richard Dennis photo)
NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -
A 15-year-old boy in New London is accused of breaking into a home and assaulting a person early Wednesday morning.
Police said they were called to the home on Crystal Avenue around 2:50 a.m.
They said they found the teen being detained by the residents of the home.
Kevin and Richard Dennis, who are brothers, told police the juvenile broke in armed with a loaded .44 caliber handgun and a knife. He assaulted Richard Dennis in a first-floor bathroom.
"They got into a scuffle," said homeowner Kevin Dennis.
The commotion was enough to alert Kevin Dennis, who told Eyewitness News that he was a trained, retired Navy veteran. He had been sleeping in an upstairs bedroom. He grabbed his own gun, descended the stairs and confronted the teen.
"I pretty much pulled my weapon at him," Kevin Dennis said. "He dropped everything, got on the ground listened to me."
The juvenile immediately dropped his weapon and agreed to remain still until police arrived.
The brothers said the teen had been looking for money.
The unidentified teen was arrested without incident. Police said they charged him with home invasion, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault with a firearm, first-degree threatening and carrying a pistol without a permit.
Richard Dennis received minor injuries, but refused medical treatment.
"I was just reacting when I first looked at it, when I first [saw] it happen, I thought I was dreaming," Richard Dennis said. "It's something like you'd see in a movie. Think it wouldn't happen in real life."
Kevin Dennis said he wasn't going to back down and that this was the second time something like this has happened. The first time, the thieves took several guns and a bullet-proof vest.
Police said the teen will be presented in juvenile court and could possibly be treated as an adult.
While it appears money was the only incentive in the attempted robbery, the teen reportedly told police there was some peer pressure, which they said suggests possible gang affiliation, however that is not confirmed.
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