Teen shot by police in December charged in two armed robberies

Published on Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:14
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN - The 15-year-old arrested in a shooting involving police in December has been charged as an adult in armed robberies in Windsor and North Haven.

Caleb Tisdol, 15, of Windsor Locks, was one of three people shot by New Britain police Dec. 14 in a car that allegedly being driver toward officers during an attempt to flee.

The driver, 20-year-old Zoe Dowdell, was killed. Tisdol and Noah Young, 18, of Bloomfield, were wounded.

Tisdol and Young were arrested on gun and drug charges after the shootings. At least one gun was found in the car at the time, state police said. Young is being held on $1.1 million bond. Tisdol is being held on $150,000 bond. State police are still investigating the use of deadly force by police in the incident.

The three had been considered suspects in at least four city robberies in the weeks before the shootings, police said.

In one robbery, a suspect fired a gun at a victim’s car as the victim sped away. Officers found two types of bullets had hit the car, court papers said.

Within the same hour, a second victim was pistol-whipped in a separate robbery.

No one has been arrested in those cases.

A third victim in another robbery was forced out of his car at gunpoint. Young was recently charged in that robbery.

The crimes all occurred between mid-November and mid-December. During the same time frame, Tisdol was allegedly involved in two other armed robberies in North Haven and Windsor, according to court records.

In addition to two counts of first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon, he was also charged with second-degree assault with a weapon in the Windsor case.

He is being prosecuted as an adult in all four pending cases.

Police in North Haven and Windsor did not respond to requests for information on the crimes. Both cases are being prosecuted in Enfield Superior Court.

Tisdol was also charged earlier this year in an East Hartford armed robbery last October.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:14. Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:17.