NEW BRITAIN - An 18-year-old Hartford man is expected to be charged in a carjacking in New Britain last month in which two children were briefly abducted.
Jonathan Manuel Vellon faces charges including kidnapping, carjacking, assault, larceny, risk of injury to a child, robbery by carjacking, reckless driving, conspiracy and operating a motor vehicle without a license.
He is being held on larceny and joyriding charges related to incidents in Hartford in April and May. He will be served with New Britain’s arrest warrant at a future court date.
He is also a suspect in other car thefts in the city, Chief James Wardwell said.
A woman was pumping gas at a Columbus Boulevard station May 20 when a gray Honda Civic pulled in and a man who appeared to be a teenager pushed her down and got into her van, police said. Two children, ages 3 and 7, were in the van.
The van and the Civic drove off at the same time, Capt. Thomas Steck said. Police believe five or six teens were in the Civic when the carjacking occurred.
The children were dropped off on Cliff Street a few minutes after the carjacking. A Cliff Street resident was looking out his window and saw a group of men getting the children out of the car and pushing them to the sidewalk, police said. He called police.
The Civic was also on Cliff Street and it appeared as though the people connected with the vehicles were arguing, witnesses reported.
A motorist who also saw the fracas and the children being pushed to the sidewalk stopped and spoke with the resident who had gathered up the children, police said. The motorist took off looking for the van and Civic, which had left, police said.
Vellon was identified as a suspect in the case with the help of the victim, police said.
Hartford police arrested Vellon on April 26, charging him with second-degree robbery conspiracy to commit robbery and failure to appear in court. He was released on bond.
Vellon was arrested again by Hartford police May 24 and charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal trover. He has been held on $125,000 bond since that arrest.
Police are still investigating the carjacking.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. John Blackmore at 860-826-3171. Anonymous tips can be emailed via www.newbritainpolice.org/anonymous-tips or phoned in at 860-826-3199.