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Three teens arrested for robbing, beating elderly man in New Haven

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Kelton Gilbert and Lawrence Minor. (New Haven police photos) Kelton Gilbert and Lawrence Minor. (New Haven police photos)

Three people have been arrested for robbing and assaulting an elderly man.

Police said Kelton Gilbert, Jr., 18 of Hamden, Lawrence Minor, Jr., 19 of New Haven, and a 17-year-old juvenile who is also from New Haven were all charged in the crime.

Police said the 79-year-old victim managed to walk home on Nov. 27 after he was jumped by five people.

When he arrived home, his wife phoned for help.

Police interviewed eyewitnesses and analyzed surveillance video from the area.

“Once again, New Haven detectives have done remarkable work on this investigation,” said Chief Dean Esserman, New Haven police.

The victim told police it began as he was walking home from work on Hillhouse Avenue. He had spotted the group of five people earlier on Whitney Avenue.

When he turned onto Bradley Street, he said someone hit him from behind.

He didn’t remember much, but said one of the suspects was “obese” and riding a bicycle.

The victim recalled being punched, kicked and thrown to the ground. He said he lost consciousness and when he came to, his backpack and wallet were gone.

Investigators said they were able to locate the victim’s wallet.

On Thursday, police arrested Gilbert, Minor and the juvenile with the help of the Yale University Police Department.

They were charged with first-degree assault on an elderly person, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, reckless endangerment and conspiracy to commit all of the previously listed charges.

Police said the suspects admitted to them that there were two others that helped them commit the crime. However, they would not provide their identities.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call New Haven police at 203-946-6304.

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