Two separate assaults with “an electronic device” occurred Sunday evening, a Yale public safety advisory alerted the community later that night.
“The two victims were apparently shocked by an electronic stun gun-type device,” Yale spokesperson Karen Peart told the News on Monday.
The first incident happened at around 8:23 p.m. when two unknown males assaulted a Yale community member who was walking in the area of Dwight and Chapel Streets — two blocks from the Yale School of Architecture. No items were taken during the result, and “minor injuries” were reported, according to the alert.
A second incident occurred at around 9:10 p.m. when a Yale community member was walking on Elm Street between State and Orange Streets — two blocks from the Yale School of Management — and two unknown males stunned him with an electronic device, according to the alert.
The victim of the second incident was a 65-year-old female, according to a release sent to the News by New Haven Police Department spokesperson Anthony Duff. The victim told the police she was exiting her parked car when the two males approached her — one of whom was in possession of a “taster type stun gun,” Duff wrote.
According to the release, one of the men “tasered” the victim’s arm as she held onto her purse. After stealing the purse and its contents, the two males fled to a dark-colored, four-door “nearby double parked car.”
The NHPD Robbery and Burglary Unit detective responded to the scene and canvassed the neighborhood, Duff wrote in the release.
Peart said that details described in the July 14 public safety advisory to the Yale community have been shared with the New Haven Police Department, which is now investigating the incident.
Higgins could not be reached for comment.
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