A 27-year-old borough man who was walking home in the vicinity of a tanning salon in Mountview Plaza on Friday was robbed after another man, who flashed a handgun, approached him and demanded money, police said.
Naugatuck police responded to the plaza at 1:39 p.m. after getting a report of an armed robbery near the “” salon.
The victim told police that the suspect approached him and demanded money. When he didn't have any money on him the suspect then stole his cell phone, polie said.
The suspect fled on foot toward the main entrance of the plaza. Police said he displayed a handgun at the time of the robbery. No one was injured.
The incident sparked a lockdown of both Naugatuck High School and Western Elementary School. The lockdown was lifted after 15 minutes, said NHS Principal Janice Saam.
Police tried to track down the suspect using a K-9 unit, although the police dog didn’t provide any further leads on the suspect’s whereabouts.
Police describe the male as black, in his early 20s, dressed in black and wearing a “do rag.”
Lt. Robert Harrison said it appears to be a random incident and that, at this point, police do not see a connection between the suspect and the victim.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the at 203-729-7106.
A report of a robbery in Mountview Plaza around 2 p.m. sparked a lockdown of two Naugatuck schools Friday afternoon.
Lt. Robert Harrison confirmed there was a report of a robbery, however he said further details will be available later today. Several police cars were seen in the vicinity of the the plaza's tanning salon, “What-A-Tan,” as well as a police K-9 unit.
Patch has received multiple reports from students and individuals in the plaza that a gun was involved, although police have yet to confirm this.
Borough police ordered a lockdown of both Naugatuck High School and Western Elementary School for about 15 minutes around 2 p.m., said high school Principal Janice Saam.
Dismissal time, which normally happens at 2 p.m., was briefly delayed due to the lockdown, Saam said. All the students have since been dismissed.
Naugatuck Patch will post updates as soon as we get them.