This was submitted to the Town Times from the Watertown Police Department.

On March 17 at approximately 4 p.m., the Watertown Police Department responded to a single family residence on Morris Town Line Highway for the report of a home invasion and that the suspect was armed with a hatchet and injured an occupant in the residence.

Information was gathered that the suspect fled the residence into the woods between Morris Town Line Highway and Bassett Road. 

Officers set up a perimeter and entered the woods searching for the suspect. 

The Connecticut State Police Patrol and K9 Divisions responded to search the areas.

Officers found that the injured party was a juvenile and had sustained serious injuries particularly to the head, legs and hands consistent with those inflicted by an edged weapon. 

Medical attention was rendered and the juvenile was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

Family members were alerted of the intrusion and intervened in the assault distracting the assailant from the assault. 

A family member called 911 and a family member chased the suspect, who jumped out of a second story window and ran into the woods with the family member chasing him.

The suspect was identified as wearing a camouflaged sweatshirt.

While searching for the suspect, officers learned that the juvenile knew the suspect’s identity and the suspect was a sixteen year-old male from Watertown. 

Officers were able to make phone contact with the suspect who made his location known at which time he was taken into custody. 

Investigators recovered a hatchet, large kitchen knife and a machete along with duct tape and binoculars

The juvenile suspect was charged with criminal attempt at murder, home invasion, assault in the first degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, stalking in the first degree, risk of injury to a minor and burglary in the first degree.

The juvenile suspect was ordered detained by a judge of the Superior Court and was transferred to juvenile detention with an arraignment in Torrington Superior Court, Juvenile Matters on Wednesday, March 18. 

The victim sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. No further identifiable information will be released on the victim. 

Based on his age, no further information will be released on the juvenile suspect. 

Based on the information the police have at this time, it is believed that the suspect knew the victim, though they were not close friends. 

The suspect targeted this juvenile specifically and this was not a random home invasion.

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