Three people have been arrested in connection with the knifepoint carjacking involving a vehicle carrying three Southern Connecticut State University students last month, New Haven police said on Tuesday.
None of the students were injured in the Oct. 24 incident at the nature center at West Rock Ridge State Park in Hamden.
Angel Garcia, 19, of New Haven was arrested on warrant on Nov. 11, and also was charged on warrants for two other unrelated cases, police said.
Ezequiel Gonzalez-Vasquez, 20, of New Haven was found in a bedroom closet of an apartment on Nov. 17 by detectives who had been told he was sleeping inside, police said.
The third suspect, a 16-year-old was turned in to police by his father on Nov. 13. He was charged and taken to the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center, police said.
The three were charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, robbery involving an occupied vehicle and conspiracy to commit each of the charges, police said.
The suspects allegedly carjacked the three SCSU students and held the vehicle’s driver at knifepoint on Oct. 24.
The victims told police they had driven to the West Rock Ridge State Park parking lot on Wintergreen Avenue to talk when three young men approached. One of the three reached through the open driver’s side window and grabbed the victim by the neck, holding a knife to her throat, police said.
Police said the two other suspects confronted the two passengers and demanded that they hand over their cash and valuables, telling the victim to remain quiet or “they’d be killed,” police said.
The suspects fled in a stolen SUV and headed toward Hamden, police said.
The victims then headed to the home of a Wintergreen Avenue resident asking for him to call for help. The SUV, which had been stolen, was later found by SCSU officers in an off-campus parking lot.