A Connecticut man was violently carjacked in his garage, causing fear among his neighbors and their families. Video footage released by the Westport Police Department showed a man being overpowered and pummeled by two masked thugs before he was forced out of the driver’s seat of his Aston Martin. Authorities have made two arrests – a 16-year-old connected to the violent Westport theft on Sunday and Derrick McGill, 39, who lives at the home where the stolen cars were found.
The victims of the brutal crime, who asked not to be identified, declined a full interview, only stating that they were feeling ‘ok.’ After a warrant was acquired to search McGill’s home, three other stolen luxury vehicles were also found, along with the Aston Martin. The Bridgeport Auto Theft Task Force arrested McGill but does not currently have charges pending in Westport. He is being held on a $250,000 bond and has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit robbery of a motor vehicle, payment card theft, illegal operation of a ‘chop shop,’ and one count of conspiracy to commit unlawful operation of a ‘chop shop.’
A 16-year-old, whose identity was withheld because of his age, was arrested after evidence linking him to Sunday’s carjacking was uncovered. He was charged with strangulation, robbery by carjacking, burglary, home invasion, criminal attempt to commit motor vehicle theft, and assault. He also faces additional charges for his alleged involvement in the theft of the BMW used in the carjacking, including larceny of a motor vehicle and illegal taking of a payment card.
Surveillance footage of the attack was released by police, showing the moment the Westport victim was beaten in his garage. Two masked thugs overpowered him, snatching the keys from his hands before forcing him out of the driver’s seat. The attackers then jumped into the car and raced off as the older man desperately clawed at the door to his fancy supercar.
The Westport Police Department responded to a call at 3:50 p.m. about a residential burglary and carjacking on Bayberry Lane. The victim suffered minor injuries and declined any medical attention. The suspects were identified as two males who police believe ‘targeted and followed’ the victim to his residence in a blue BMW, now known also to have been stolen.