NEW BRITAIN - Other area police departments are trying to determine if incidents in their towns are connected to a string of violent robberies allegedly done by the same people who were shot Thursday by police who said the suspects tried to run them down.
Aspiring rapper Zoe Dowdell, 20, of Bloomfield, who was driving the car, was shot and killed. Noah Young, 18, of Bloomfield, was grazed by a bullet, and a 15-year-old who was in the front passenger seat was shot, police said. The three were suspects in a violent string of New Britain robberies and had been boxed in by officers who were looking for their car. Dowdell tried to escape by ramming police cars while driving at officers who were on foot. Five officers fired at the car, police said.
The state police are investigating the shootings under the direction of the Middlesex State’s Attorney. New Britain police are conducting their own internal affairs investigation. The five officers have been placed on desk duty as the investigations continue.
The Wethersfield Police Department is looking at whether the same three suspects committed a brazen street robbery Oct. 7 that included stealing a purse and cell phone from a pregnant woman and a wallet and cell phone from her male companion, Wethersfield Chief James Cetran said.
During the Wethersfield robbery, a couple had just pulled into a parking space and a tan car blocked their path. A male got out of the back seat of the tan car and put a gun to the male victim’s face, Cetran said. The robber then ordered the victim to hand over his wallet and cell phone.
The robber then went over the passenger side and grabbed the woman’s purse, Cetran said. He then demanded that she unlock her phone and fondled her breasts before leaving. The description of the suspects matched other similar robberies that occurred throughout the area that day, Cetran said.
Hartford police are also trying to determine if the three could be responsible for a similar robbery in their city, Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said.
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