Halifax police are investigating a rash of violent assaults and break and enters in Dartmouth that they believe are related.
They say in the first incident, a man was swarmed by about five people with their hoods up and one with a bandanna covering his face while driving down Dorothea Drive at about 9:40 p.m. Monday.
“One of them indicated that he may have something in his waistband and the driver of the vehicle put his car in reverse and got out of there very quickly, very wisely,” said Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Const. Dianne Woodworth.
About 10 minutes later, police say two men forced their way into a home on Cross Road and assaulted an 83-year-old man, knocking him to the floor, and then fled.
Police say that minutes later, they were called to another home on Dorothea Drive where a 23-year-old man said two men with hoods up punched and knocked him to the ground when he entered his home.
Just after 10 p.m., police say two men reportedly tried to kick in the front door of a home on Carlson Court and then fled.
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl nearby in Cole Harbour a short time later and were questioning them.
“We’re looking at the possibility that all four of these incidents are connected in relation to the location of where they happened, the close time frame and some similarities in suspect descriptions,” Woodworth said.