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Two arrested in alleged home invasion

December 26, 2018

MILFORD — A clandestine social media message led to the arrest of a man and woman who reportedly broke into a West Main Street home Tuesday night and threatened the man who lived there.

According to Milford police, officers were called to the residence about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday on a report of threatening with a firearm. When police arrived, they reportedly found Cassandra Vitale, 26, of West Haven and Sean Artis, 32, of New Haven, at the house with the alleged victim.

Police said the victim, a man, told them that, about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Vitale entered his home with three men, in an attempt to collect on a debt that was owed to Vitale. One of the men was Artis, who police said told the man living at the house that he had a gun and would shoot him if he attempted to contact police.

However, the victim reportedly sent a message to a friend through a social media messenger app, alerting the other person to the home invasion. The friend then contacted police.

According to police, the other two men who came to the house with Artis and Vitale left before police arrived, and an investigation is ongoing.

Artis was charged with home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, first-degree threatening, possession of a facsimile firearm (a BB gun, allegedly found in his jacket) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vitale is charged with home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, possession of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were held on a $200,000 bond and were scheduled to appear in Milford Court on Wednesday.

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