NEW BRITAIN – A city woman was held on $250,000 bond following her arraignment Wednesday on charges she and her boyfriend seriously injured a food delivery man during a September carjacking.
Nashalie Saldana, 19, of 359 West Main St., first-floor, allegedly lured a delivery man from Imperial Wok on Broad Street to Victoria Road the night of Sept. 22 by placing an order for pork friend rice, court papers said. The delivery man wound up with fractures to his eye socket and nose, a six-inch log cut on his face that required stitches and a tooth knocked out, police said.
Saldana used her phone to order the food and then called the restaurant several times wondering where the food was, the victim said. Saldana and her boyfriend were sitting outside the Victoria Road address when the food arrived, a warrant for her arrest said. Saldana’s boyfriend struck the victim in the face with a rock as he was walking back to his car after the two didn’t pay for the food, police said. Saldana and her boyfriend then jumped into the victim’s car and took off leaving the man bleeding and unconscious in the street. A neighbor called police to report the delivery man’s injuries and the robbery, police said.
The homeowner of the Victoria Road address told police she was gone for the weekend and didn’t give anyone permission to be at her home. The victim’s car was found on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford a few days after the carjacking, police said. The phone used to place the order was traced back to Saldana on Dec. 19. The next day she wound up being arrested by New Britain police after a domestic dispute with family members, police said. She agreed to speak to detectives investigating the carjacking as she was at the police station dealing with the other case, police said.
Saldana told officers that her boyfriend told her to call the restaurant and order two containers of pork fried rice and a Sprite. Her boyfriend told her to make sure the driver had change for a $100 bill, she said. The two then went to Victoria Road where her boyfriend picked out a house that was dark and she called the restaurant back to give the driver the Victoria Road address, she said. When the delivery man pulled up, she indicated she had no money to pay for the food, she said, so he started walking back to his car.
That was when her boyfriend hit the driver in the face with a rock and told her to get in the delivery man’s car, she said. Saldana said she didn’t know a carjacking was going to take place and was “sorry about what happened.”
She was served with an arrest warrant Tuesday charging her with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, robbery by carjacking and first-degree larceny. Her boyfriend was under age of 18 when the robbery occurred so there is no public information on whether or not he was charged in the case. She was held on $250,000 bond following her arraignment in New Britain Superior Court Wednesday. Her case was transferred to the felony court and she must wear electronic monitoring if she posts bond, court records show.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.