Stamford police: Carjacking suspect tied to other crimes in city, Fairfield County

Police say the ring is linked to other carjackings in Fairfield County.

Marissa Alter

Apr 2, 2024, 9:37 PM

Updated 11 days ago


A Waterbury teenager, charged in connection to three armed carjackings of high-end vehicles in Stamford, is tied to other crimes in the city and Fairfield County, according to Stamford police.
Tyssan Woods, 18, was arrested on three counts of first-degree larceny after the stolen vehicles were tracked to Waterbury. Sgt. William Garay, of Stamford police, told News 12 Woods is one of four or five masked suspects believed to be responsible for a crime spree last week.
“It appears they come in multiple cars, at least two, and follow each other around,” Garay said.
The first incident was on March 26 between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. The group is accused of trying to steal an ATM from the Bank of America parking lot on High Ridge Road. Garay said they drove into it with a car they'd stolen in Waterbury.
“Once they were unsuccessful at the ATM machine, they abandoned that vehicle and went to look for another one,” he explained.
On the way, Woods and his accomplices broke into Riverside Smoke Shop just down the street, according to Garay. From there, he said they headed to Stamford Hospital and used a gun to steal a Lexus from a woman in the parking lot.
“It's a pretty traumatic incident to go through,” Garay stated.
He told News 12 the crew returned to Stamford a couple days later, on March 28, where they committed two more armed carjackings around the same time as the previous one. Garay said the first was on Tresser Boulevard in a gym parking lot when an Audi was taken at gunpoint. He said in the second incident, the group targeted a Maserati at a gas station two miles up the road, right off I-95.
Garay said police worked with investigators in Waterbury and Connecticut State Police to identify Woods as a person of interest and get a search warrant for his home.
“We were able to locate two firearms that were stolen and believed to be used in these incidences, along with several stolen items and keys to stolen vehicles from Stamford,” Garay explained, adding more charges are coming against Woods for the crimes in Stamford.
He said investigators are still searching for the other suspects involved.
“We're still working diligently on it,” Garay told News 12.
Garay also said police believe the same group is responsible for other recent crimes in the area including an armed carjacking in Norwalk on March 28.

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