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West Hartford and Wethersfield Police, with SWAT Support, Apprehend Felony Suspect

West Hartford Police Department hybrid SUV. Courtesy photo (we-ha.com file photo)

A man who has previous convictions, wanted on an active felony arrest warrant by West Hartford Police, was arrested at the Motel 6 in Wethersfield on Tuesday.

By Ronni Newton

Edward Casares. Courtesy of West Hartford Police

West Hartford Police have taken a suspect in a kidnapping incident in custody, apprehending him Tuesday without incident with the assistance of Wethersfield Police and the Capital Region Emergency Services Team (CREST) and West Hartford Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit.

According to an email from Sgt. Amanda Martin, Wethersfield Police learned at 10:19 a.m. that Edward Casares, 42, of Roger Street in Hartford, was at the Motel 6 at 1341 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield. Casares had an active arrest warrant from West Hartford Police stemming from a December incident that involved assaulting an adult victim and then refusing to allow the adult victim as well as a juvenile – both of whom were known to him – to exit the vehicle he was driving.

Police said they believed that Casares was possibly in possession of a firearm, and according to information they had received they did not believe that he would cooperate with police.

“CREST negotiators made contact with the wanted individual,” West Hartford Police said in a news release. “A short time later he surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.”

Police said they would not provide further details about the incident due to the nature of the case and the age of the victim.

Casares has been charged with two counts of second-degree kidnapping, risk of injury to a minor, third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace, and illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspension. He is in custody at the West Hartford Police Department on $150,000 surety bond, and expected to appear in Superior Court on Wednesday.

According to online court documents, Casares has had previous convictions and served sentences for felony charges, including criminal possession of a firearm, and violation of probation.

Additional charges may be forthcoming, according to police.

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