New Haven man charged with kidnapping teenage girls at gunpoint in North Haven

New Haven man charged with kidnapping teenage girls at gunpoint in North Haven

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Keith Johnson (Courtesy of the North Haven Police Department)

NORTH HAVEN — A New Haven man faces charges after police say he kidnapped two teenage girls at gunpoint at a Route 5 gas station late last month.

Keith Johnson, 53, of New Haven, was charged Monday with two counts each of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, robbery of an occupied vehicle, first-degree threatening and criminal possession of a firearm. He was held on $500,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday.

On Sept. 29 just before midnight, two 19-year-old girls were getting fuel at a gas station on Washington Street when a man, later identified as Johnson, approached them, pulled out a handgun and demanded money, said Capt. Kevin Glenn. The girls gave Johnson all the money they had and he ordered them into the car and got into the backseat.

Johnson pointed the gun at the girl in the driver’s seat and told her to drive onto Interstate 91. The girl drove as instructed until Johnson told her to stop and get in the back seat. He then got into the driver’s seat and drove a short distance before letting the girls out in a Hartford neighborhood, Glenn said. The teens immediately called police and were not injured. Police have recovered the car.


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