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West Hartford Police Locate Stolen Vehicle, Carjacking Suspect Arrested in Hartford

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A Hartford man, who fled after crashing a vehicle that was involved in a carjacking incident on the UConn Storrs campus, was arrested Friday morning.

By Ronni Newton

A suspect who fled a vehicle believed to be involved in two carjacking incidents was taken into custody Friday morning by Hartford Police, after being spotted earlier in the morning in West Harford.

Jadin Roberts, 18, of Flatbush Avenue in Hartford, faces charges of first degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover, carrying a pistol without a permit interfering with police, and assault on police.

According to Lt. Aaron Boisvert of the Hartford Police Department, a 2018 BMW X5 was reported stolen at gunpoint in the Hillside Avenue area on Thursday, Jan. 5.

On Thursday evening, that same BMW was used when suspects carjacked another vehicle on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut, Boisvert said.

West Hartford Police spotted the stolen BMW on Friday morning at approximately 8:49 a.m., but the driver refused to stop and fled. West Hartford Police pursued the vehicle into Hartford, where it struck two vehicles in the area of 1200 Park Street.

Police did not say how many people were in the BMW, but said that Roberts was taken into custody by members of the Greater Hartford Regional Task Force following a foot chase.

Police also seized a firearm.

According to online court records, Roberts has prior narcotics-related charges.

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