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Details emerge in Greenwich home invasion

August 23, 2018

The victim of a brutal home invasion in Greenwich earlier this month was running a make-shift pawn shop out of his home on Brook Drive, according to the warrant for a Stamford man arrested in the attack.

The male victim was purchasing items including jewelry, tools and lawn equipment on the web and selling them at a steep markup out of his house.

Hassan Washington, 46, who recently moved from New York City to Knapp Street in Stamford, was arraigned Thursday at the Stamford courthouse on charges of home invasion, first-degree assault, kidnapping, armed robbery and sixth-degree larceny. If convicted of the invasion charge, Washington will face a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison. He could face up to 40 years on all charges.

Judge Richard Comerford refused to reduce the $500,000 bond Washington is being held on, and had a sharp response for Washington’s attorney when he asked the judge if he had read the the bond document. Comerford said he not only read it, but signed it and put the half-million-dollar bond in place.

“I reviewed the warrant and these are extremely serious allegations,” Comerford said.

The incident left the Greenwich resident with nasal fractures, a slash on his hand and other wounds.

Police are pursuing more arrests in the open case. They said Washington was among a group of three who beat and restrained the Greenwich man, before stealing items from his home.

According to details in the arrest warrant, Washington, who was known to the victim as “Chee,” went to the Greenwich man’s home shortly before 3 p.m. on Aug. 4 and purchased a tool box for $80.

Twenty minutes later the victim saw two men in Fed Ex uniforms standing next to his front door and asked what they were doing, according to the warrant. The men attacked the homeowner and assaulted him in his driveway, where police later found dark red blood, according to the document.

The victim said Washington somehow appeared and and he was pushed into the house and put into a spare bedroom. He told police Washington handcuffed his hands in front of him and all three took turns assaulting him. The three held knives to the back of his neck and said everything would go smoothly if he cooperated, according to the warrant.

The three then left the home with the victim’s cell phone, the man’s wallet, his mother’s passport, a signed baseball and all his credit cards, police said.

The man suffered nasal fractures, had a defensive slash wound to his left palm along with multiple abrasions and contusions on his body and a cut to his face, according to the arrest warrant. Bleeding profusely, the victim made his way out of the home looking for help and found a customer there, who called police.

East Hartford defense attorney Brian Woolf argued Washington’s bond should be reduced to $150,000 because Washington recently purchased a home in Stamford, has been married to his wife for 19 years and has two children who live with them.

Washington, who has convictions for illegal possession of a firearm and a controlled substance in New York state, had to be extradited from New York City by Greenwich police, who took him into custody Wednesday.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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