Torrington Police on Alert for Gang Activity

Kevin Litten, Republican-American (Waterbury, Connecticut), March 9, 2010

Police were put on alert Sunday after two men told authorities that a New York street gang had threatened to come to the city early Sunday morning and “kill any white guys they see walking on the street.”

Police were told as many as 50 gang members were headed to Torrington with machetes and planned to launch their attack in the area of East Main and Maud streets, near the city’s downtown. The threats, which were not carried out, apparently came in response to a series of fights over the last few months between two groups in an ongoing conflict that police Lt. Mike Emanuel said may have originated at Torrington High School.

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Emanuel also confirmed that a fight Thursday at the city skate park was one of several that led up to the threats reported to police early Sunday morning. He said police are close to bringing charges against some of the people involved in the fights.

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