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Trio Nabbed After Lengthy Investigation Of Violent Norwalk Home Invasion

Michael Maiorino, left, Joseph Ponger, top right, and Luke Sweeney, bottom right.
Michael Maiorino, left, Joseph Ponger, top right, and Luke Sweeney, bottom right. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

Three local men were arrested on Friday following a lengthy investigation of a violent November home invasion in Norwalk, said Lt. Terrence Blake of the Norwalk Police Department.

The three, all Norwalk residents, were each charged with first-degree assault, home invasion and conspiracy. They are: Michael Maiorino, 24, of Horton Street; Joseph Ponger, 23, of Macintosh Road; and Luke Sweeney, 22, of Ludlow Manor.

Norwalk Combined Dispatch received a 911 call from 7 Midwood Drive on Nov. 23, 2017 at 1 a.m. The caller reported that several people had broken into the residence and had viciously assaulted one of the occupants before fleeing the scene, police said.

Patrol officers arrived on scene and discovered a single male victim, suffering from numerous stab and slash wounds who was transported by ambulance to the Norwalk Hospital.

The investigation, led by Detective Brendan Collins, revealed that multiple masked assailants forced entry into the home.

One of the assailants contacted the victim, who was in bed, and a struggle ensued, according to police. The assailants then began stabbing the victim, who fought back and believed he was able to injure one of the attackers, added police. Members of the Crime Scene Unit processed the scene for evidence, discovering several items of evidentiary value both inside and outside of the home.

Over the next several months, Collins and other members of the Norwalk Detective Bureau conducted numerous interviews and canvasses that developed several additional leads and potential suspects. Arrest warrants were issued for the three suspects Friday. Each suspect's bond was set at $500,000.

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