UPDATED: Police have suspect in Newington carjacking, theft, seek second

Published on Monday, 24 July 2017 22:48
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEWINGTON - A 17-year-old is under arrest after he and another male suspect allegedly forced a man to drive them to the CTfastrak station at gunpoint, then stole his car.

The victim told police that he was in the parking lot of Anna Reynolds Elementary School around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when he was approached by two males. One of them pulled out a handgun and forced him into his car, a 1999 Mercedes Benz, the victim said.

They then forced him at gunpoint to drive them to the CTfastrak station at Willard Avenue and West Hill Road, then stole the car, leaving him at the station.

The men drove away on the CTfastrak lane toward Hartford, he said. Newington police arrived minutes later and put out a bulletin to other agencies.

A Hartford officer spotted the car near Westland Street in Hartford and briefly chased the car. The chase ended when the Mercedes hit a wire connected to a utility pole. The 17-year-old driver was taken into custody. He was alone in the vehicle and had a gun tucked in his waistband, Hartford police said.

The teen is facing 18 charges, including first-degree kidnapping with a firearm, first-degree robbery, possession of a weapon on school grounds, first-degree threatening, and several conspiracy counts. He is being held in a juvenile detention center and will appear in juvenile court in New Britain Friday, Newington police said.

Anyone with information on the second suspect or the incident is asked to call Officer Michael Fallow at 860-666-8445.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Newington on Monday, 24 July 2017 22:48. Updated: Monday, 24 July 2017 22:51.