Stamford police investigating vandalism report arrest New York teen wanted for attempted murder

Michael Cummo / Hearst Connecticut Media

STAMFORD — Police arrested a 17-year-old man wanted for attempted murder in New York during an unrelated vandalism investigation on Stamford’s West Side on Wednesday.

The 17-year-old is facing extradition back to Peekskill, N.Y., in connection to a July 29 double shooting that left two women injured.

Lt. Jack Galusha of the Peekskill Police Department said the teen allegedly fired multiple rounds at the women as they sat in a car. One of the women was shot in the abdomen; the other was struck in both legs.

The teenager will be charged with two counts of attempted murder and single counts of attempted assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon, second-degree assault, criminal possession of a loaded firearm and criminal possession of a weapon once released to Peekskill police.

Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin said patrol officers responded to an apartment complex on Havemeyer Lane around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on reports of vandalism.

When officers arrived on scene, they found two men nearby, Conklin said. When an officer asked the two for their names, Conklin said they both ran off.

After a short search aided by a K9 unit, police found the 17-year-old in a shed just over the Greenwich town line.

At first, the teen gave police a fake name, Conklin said. However, Conklin said they learned his identity and found there was a warrant for his arrest.

Conklin said the teen was also apparently connected to a stolen car that police found in the area where the arrest was made. The car was reported stolen by an Uber driver who was beaten and robbed on Selleck Street on Aug. 1, Conklin said.

The teenage was charged with trespassing and interfering with a police officer in connection to the Havemeyer Lane encounter.