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Police Make Arrests in Stamford Home Invasion

Stamford police announced Monday the arrest of one man and a juvenile in a home invasion in which the suspects are accused of threatening to kill a 4-month-old baby.

Stamford Police have arrested two suspects allegedly responsible for a home invasion that occurred at a Hope Street home over the weekend, they announced Monday afternoon. 

Police identified 22-year-old Mikel "Mikey" Gjuraj and a 16-year-old juvenile, both Stamford residents, as the arrested parties.

Three men armed with handguns allegedly lured the resident of an apartment in the 900 block of Hope Street in Stamford outside at approximately 7 p.m. Friday and assaulted him, then took him back into his apartment, police said. 

According to authorities, the suspects rounded up the victim's wife, 4-month-old daughter and two friends and had them all lie on the ground at gunpoint. One of the suspects allegedly grabbed the infant and threatened to kill the infant if money was not turned over, police said. The suspects searched the apartment and took cash and jewelery.

The juvenile was "developed as a suspect," shortly after the incident, police said, and was taken into custody nearby. Additional leads allegedly led police to Gjuraj, the said.

Gjuraj was taken into custody near his residence in the first block of Fox Glen, He was found to be in possession of a valid pistol permit and had purchased three handguns five hours prior to the incident, according to police. Police said they have been unable to retrieve the weapons he purchased at this time.

Four handguns were discovered in the trunk of a vehicle parked on Elm Tree Place, police said. The weapons were confiscated and authorities said they believe the weapons are the same ones used in the home invasion.

Both Gjuraj and the juvenile face charges of home invasion, conspiracy to commit a crime, first-degree robbery, risk of injury to a child and four counts first-degree unlawful restraint.

Gjuraj was held in lieu of $750,000 bond. The juvenile was remanded to the Bridgeport detention center.

Police remain on the lookout for a Hispanic male wanted in the case. They urge anyone with information to contact authorities to help identify the suspect.

Robert Colgan November 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM
On "the 900 block of Stamford?"
DJ McAneny (Editor) November 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM
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Judy Brown November 20, 2012 at 01:11 PM
How cowardly. Hope they catch the 3rd suspect soon, Seems like home invasions are on the rise. Try the United States Security Company Directory for home protection.
Alena Phelps November 20, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Sadly enough, I see home invasion stories such as this in the news almost every day. Usually intruders just kick-in the door. In my opinion, the most effective and least expensive thing you can do to protect yourself is to add good door security hardware to your doors to make them as secure as possible. You can get what's called a Door Security Pro ( http://www.DoorSecurityPro.com ) which will stop door kick-ins. It's a long, thick metal plate that reinforces wooden door frames which is what usually breaks when someone kicks in a door.
hatfield November 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Oh boy, this kid is about to make a lot of inmates real happy!!! Have fun buddy!!
Steve o November 27, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Don't make stupid comments just to try and be funny some people must have rally been terrified. But I know mikey and I just wonder why would they just choose that certain apartment well the awnser if that's the perscription med central for all younger kids in that area that same apartment sold enough drugs to kill Mikey's cousin George Gjuraj 27 years old that served 2 terms in Iraq ???? Think about ittttt

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