Yale police arrested a third man Tuesday in connection with the three recent armed robberies near campus.
Police said Darrell Geyer, 25, of Bridgeport, was involved with all three of the recent muggings. He was charged with three counts each of first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and conspiracy — one for each of the crimes in which he allegedly played a part.
Police have two other men, 17-year-old Julius Smith and 19-year-old Marquel Redd, both of New Haven, in custody on similar charges.
Yale Police Lt. Michael Patten said Geyer’s name surfaced when detectives from both the Yale and New Haven police departments canvassed the area around High and Crown streets — near where Eve Holwell ’04 was mugged during the last week of Spring Break — in search of leads. After further investigation, they developed probable cause to link him with each of the three robberies, Patten said.
Yale police caught up with Geyer at about 10 a.m. Tuesday in Meriden, where he was in court facing unrelated motor vehicle charges, and arrested him.
Holwell was held up shortly after 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, when a tall, young-looking man wearing a dark, loose-fitting coat grabbed her, pointed a gun at her stomach and demanded all of her money. Holwell, who was walking on High Street towards Crown Street at the time, said another man who fit a similar description was walking with the perpetrator.
A second mugging, involving a female University student whom police would not identify, occurred on the Tuesday after Spring Break. A man approached the woman at about 9:35 p.m. on York Street between High and George streets, said he had a gun and told her to “give me your bag,” Patten said. The man then got into a car with someone else already in it and fled the area.
New Haven police, whom Patten said made the arrest in the third mugging, were not available Thursday to comment on the incident, which happened on Bishop Street. Patten said the charges against Redd and Smith stem from this mugging and that of Holwell.
Last week, Yale Secretary Linda Lorimer sent an e-mail to the entire Yale community about the string of robberies. She said police suspected two young men: one man 6 feet tall and thin, the other 5 feet 10 inches tall and stockier. Patten said Geyer’s height and weight were not noted in the police report, so they could not be compared with the description Lorimer gave. Similar statistics for Redd and Smith were also left out of the report.
To track down Geyer, Patten said Yale and New Haven police used textbook methods in investigative police work.
“It was simply classic detective work: following up on leads and finding people who can tell us helpful information,” he said.
Though police are continuing the investigation, Patten said he is confident that all the perpetrators have been apprehended.
“Now I think we have everybody,” Patten said.