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Convicted Sex Offender Found Driving Ice Cream Truck with Teen Passenger in West Hartford

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West Hartford apprehended a man driving an ice cream truck who gave a false name and turned out to be on release from a sex offender unit.

Tylon Jarrett. Courtesy of West Hartford Police Department

Tylon Jarrett. Courtesy of West Hartford Police Department

By Ronni Newton

A man on supervised release from the Hartford Adult Sex Offender Unit was apprehended Wednesday in West Hartford driving an ice cream truck with a 13-year-old child as a passenger.

West Hartford Police said they were contacted by Hartford Police who advised them that a wanted subject was operating an ice cream truck in the Hillcrest Avenue area of West Hartford.

According to police, West Hartford detectives responded and at 5:08 p.m. located a truck in that area being driven by a man who matched the description of the wanted party. The operator of the truck told police his name was Andrew Evans – a name police said was associated with an active warrant from Hartford – and he was taken into custody by West Hartford Police.

“Evans” also had a 13-year-old passenger with him in the ice cream truck. Police said that the child claimed that his mother owned the truck. The mother was contacted and she responded to the scene and took custody of the truck and her son, police said.

When West Hartford Police transported “Evans” to headquarters and ran his fingerprints, they discovered that he had given a false name. The man was actually Tylon Jarrett, 36, of Hartford. According to West Hartford Police Sgt. Eric Rocheleau, Jarrett then said that “Evans” is his brother.

Rocheleau said that Jarrett is a convicted sex offender who is now on probation and is on supervised release from the Hartford Adult Sex Offender Unit. He was not supposed to be in contact with anyone under the age of 16.

Jarrett has been charged by West Hartford Police with one count of criminal impersonation and one count of interfering with an officer. He is currently being held in West Hartford on $10,000.00 surety bond pending a July 8 court date in Community Court. He will also likely be charged by Hartford Police for violation of probation.

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