Four Arrested In Connection With Sharon Home Invasion, Homicide

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SHARON— Four people were arrested on Wednesday in connection with a home invasion in Sharon last year where a 23-year-old man was shot and killed.

On Aug. 6, 2012, two men stormed into Rita Vitalis’ home, handcuffed her, then shot her son Luke Vitalis multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Wednesday, three people were charged with murder, home invasion, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and hindering prosecution in connection with the crime, state police said. They were identified as Niraj Patel, 26, of Warren; Hiral Patel, 25, of Branford; and Michael Calabrese, 27, also of Warren.

Also arrested was Shyam Patel, 27, of Warren, who is charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution, state police said.

All four are scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Litchfield on Thursday.

State police said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

By Kelly Glista, Hartford Courant

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