MERIDEN — Two people face charges after police said they were involved in an armed home invasion Monday night.
Corey Paul Rispoli, 28, of 25 New St., was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, home invasion, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree larceny, no pistol permit, unlawful restraint and conspiracy.
Jamaira Rashena Johnson, 29, also of 25 New St., was charged with possession of a high capacity magazine, home invasion, first-degree robbery, unlawful restraint, first-degree larceny, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy.
Police responded to a home on New Street around 10 p.m. Monday for a report of an armed home invasion. A woman told police a man and woman she knows, later identified as Johnson and Rispoli, forced their way into her home and assaulted her — at one point striking her with a pistol, said police spokesman Lt. Darrin McKay. She said Johnson was wearing a mask and Rispoli was not wearing a mask. The woman had a black eye and several bruises.
Items taken from the home included security camera parts, prescription medication and $300 in cash, McKay said. Johnson and McKay were found in a vehicle a short time later. As police approached, they saw a handgun in plain view, McKay said. Both were taken into custody and police searched the vehicle, finding two handguns, ammunition and high capacity magazines.
Johnson’s bond was set at $250,000, Rispoli’s bond was set at $500,000.