The scene on Sherwood Avenue Connector, near Post Road East, where a car crashed Monday with suspects involved in motor vehicle thefts and attempted break-ins, police said.
The scene on Sherwood Avenue Connector, near Post Road East, where a car crashed Monday with suspects involved in attempted motor vehicle thefts and break-ins, police said. / Contributed photo by Jimmy Izzo

WESTPORT — Charges have been filed against six juveniles apprehended during a Monday crime spree that resulted in a total of nine arrests after the car-theft suspects failed to elude police despite high-speed getaway attempts through the Greens Farms area.

The juveniles, plus three young adults, were taken into custody Monday afternoon near Interstate 95 and on the Sherwood Island Connector. Police said they were spotted earlier in driveways trying to break into cars with the apparent aim of stealing the vehicles. One attempt to enter the garage of a local home also was reported.

Like the three adults charged in the case, the six juveniles face a series of criminal charges, police Lt. Eric Woods said Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if prosectors will try any of the youths as adults.

The suspects were driving two cars reported stolen elsewhere — a BMW and an Audi — at the time of the incidents. A handgun also was recovered, police said.

Two vehicles driven by police were damaged as they tried to apprehend the suspects.

An officer was injured when suspects in the BMW crashed into his unmarked car as they sped away from the driveway of a local home. The officer received medical attention afterward, but the injuries were not life-threatening.

Suspects in the Audi later struck a car driven by Police Chief Foti Koskinas as he tried to block the road to prevent them from fleeing from officers in pursuit. Koskinas reportedly was uninjured.

Several suspects were taken into custody off I-95, between southbound Exits 18 and 17, by police using a drone and a dog to track them. The BMW broke down on the highway from damage incurred when it crashed into the injured officer’s car.

The rest were captured after the fleeing Audi crashed and flipped on its side on the Sherwood Island Connector, near Post Road East.

The juveniles, whose identity has not been released because of their ages, have been charged as follows:

One female and one male face charges of criminal attempt at assaulting a police officer, larceny of a motor vehicle, interfering with an officer, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and engaging in pursuit.

Four other juvenile males are charged with criminal attempt at assaulting a police officer, larceny of a motor vehicle, engaging in pursuit, reckless endangerment and criminal trover.

The three adults charged in the case are: Brian Leandry Anderson-Benton, 20, of Ansonia; Jahiem Gilbert-Jones, 19, of Seymour, and Isaiah Landrau, 20, of Ansonia. 

All three were charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, assault on a public safety officer, first-degree reckless engagement, reckless driving, engaging in pursuit and interfering with an investigation.

Anderson-Benton posted bond Monday, and is scheduled to appear Nov. 6 at state Superior Court in Stamford, police said. Both Gilbert-Jones and Landrau were arraigned Tuesday at state Superior Court in Stamford.