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Police: Car break-in search leads to home invasion arrest

SOUTHINGTON — While searching for a man who tried to break into a car with the owner sitting inside of it, police say they located that man and another wanted in connection with an October home invasion.

Brandon Pack, 19, of Southington was charged by a warrant Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court with home invasion, first-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny.

According to the arrest warrant, Southington officers were dispatched to a home on Milldale Avenue on Oct. 13 about 11:30 p.m. The homeowner told police his girlfriend woke him up because their dog was barking and the homeowner noticed his outdoor motion lights were activated. The homeowner grabbed his shotgun and found an exterior door to his home open, the warrant said. When the homeowner turned around, he was face to face with a man later identified as Pack, the warrant said. The homeowner’s shotgun was pointed at Pack, and the homeowner told Pack to “get to the ground,” but Pack ran, the warrant said.

The homeowner followed Pack for a short distance, the warrant said. A bag was found with various items that belonged to the homeowner including car keys, a watch, and multiple pairs of shoes, the warrant said.

The homeowner took a picture of a BMX bike left at his house and asked local teens if they knew whose bike it was, the warrant said. The homeowner was told the bike belonged to Pack and gave the information to the police, the warrant said.

Police spoke with Pack, who said he had been at a party and his friend drove him home on the night in question. Police spoke with the friend, who said Pack called her asking for a ride and that told her he had just “had a gun pointed at him,” the warrant said.

In a separate incident, Pack was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon. Alexander Arroyo, 22, was also arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree criminal attempt to commit burglary, second-degree breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, police say Arroyo tried to pick the lock of a vehicle parked in a driveway near Eden Avenue. The vehicle’s owner was sitting in the car at the time along with a small child, police say.

When Arroyo noticed someone sitting in the car, he ran, police said. The owner followed Arroyo as he fled and called police.

Officers searching the area noticed Arroyo watching them from a house on George Street, police said. When officers went to the door of the home, Arroyo jumped out a rear window and attempted to run away but was taken into custody, police said.

While investigating the incident, officers saw Pack sitting in front of a building on Academy Street, police said. Matching the original description given to police of the burglar, officers approached him, police said.

They saw him place an object, which they later discovered was a 6-inch hunting knife, in a pile of leaves as they approached, police said.

Pack admitted to being with Arroyo earlier but he denied any involvement in the attempted car burglary. Arroyo is being held on $5,000.00 bond.

He appeared in Bristol Superior Court Tuesday and had his case continued until Dec. 17.

Pack was arraigned on Tuesday for the weapon charge and bond was set at $75,000.

He was arraigned Wednesday for the home invasion case and bond was set at $20,000.

He is due back in Bristol Superior Court Dec. 12.

Pack’s cases will be screened for the Part A docket for more serious cases.

The home invasion charge is a class A felony and carries a minimum of 10 years in prison.



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