Norwalk police investigate shooting during carjacking; suspect arrested in Danbury

Officials there identified him as Deonte Sayles and said he faces several charges connected to a different violent carjacking in their city.

Marissa Alter

Jun 21, 2023, 12:20 AM

Updated 296 days ago

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Norwalk police said a man is in custody after a carjacking on Main Avenue where he shot the victim in the leg. The suspect was arrested by Danbury police Monday evening after he fled the scene. Officials there identified him as Deonte Sayles and said he faces several charges connected to a different violent carjacking in their city.
The Norwalk incident happened around 5:45 p.m. outside Town Fair Tire. An employee told News 12 he called 911 after a woman ran in bleeding, and said it happened in the alley between the tire business and the AT&T store. Another employee said he tried to put pressure on the wound until first responders got there. Police said she was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening and is expected to recover.
The victim told police she was driving on Main Avenue and had slowed down for traffic when a man wearing a mask jumped into her car, pointed and gun at her, and told her to drive, according to Lt. Joseph Dinho. A short while later, they ended up parked outside the tire store. “A struggle ensued between the both of them, and that's when the gun went off,” Dinho said. That’s when she escaped the car, and he took off.
The suspect allegedly drove up Route 7, hitting multiple cars along the way and never stopping. Ridgefield police joined the attempt to catch him and called in Danbury police after the suspect allegedly ditched the car and took off running around Starrs Plain Road and Sugar Hollow Road, according to Danbury spokesperson Erin Henry. Henry said while searching for him, officers were flagged down by a woman who said she’d just been assaulted and robbed. “She stated the suspect pulled her out of the car, kicked her while she was on the ground, and then drove off in her vehicle,” Henry said.
She told News 12 Deonte Sayles was taken into custody a short time later and charged with larceny, robbery, criminal attempt of robbery of an occupied motor vehicle, criminal attempt of larceny of a motor vehicle, interfering with an officer, assault and threatening.
Wilton police confirmed Sayles will be facing charges for two hit and run collisions there.
The Norwalk incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Norwalk Police Detective Nick Kougioumtzidis at 203-854-3185 or nkougioumtzidis@norwalkct.gov.


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