New Haven man charged with North Haven gas station kidnapping, robbery

Keith Johnson, 53, of New Haven. NHPD photo.

NORTH HAVEN – Police on Monday arrested the man they say kidnapped and robbed two girls while they were getting gas at a Washington Avenue gas station last month.

Keith Johnson, 53, of New Haven, was charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, robbery of an occupied vehicle, first-degree threatening and criminal possession of a firearm.

The incident happened on Sept. 29 just before midnight, when two 19-year-old girls were getting gas at the station of Washington Avenue, according to police.

“A male approached the females, brandished a handgun, and demanded money,” police said in a release Monday. “The girls gave the suspect all the money they had, but the suspect ordered the girls into the car as he sat in the rear seat. The suspect pointed the gun at the driver and gave directions to travel north on Interstate 91.

“The 19-year-old drove until she was told to stop and ordered to get in the back seat,” police said. “The suspect then got into the driver seat and drove a short distance prior to letting both girls get out of the vehicle in a Hartford neighborhood.”

The girls contacted Hartford police, who then contacted North Haven Police. Their investigation led to Johnson’s arrest Monday.

Johnson was held in lieu of $500,000 bond and will be arraigned in Meriden Superior Court Tuesday, police said.

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