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West Hartford Police: Women Scuffle with Carjackers in Bishops Corner, One Vehicle Taken

West Hartford Police Department Interceptor SUV. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police responded to a report of an attempted carjacking Thursday, followed by another carjacking where the suspects stole a vehicle that police recovered Friday.

By Ronni Newton

A 28-year-old woman fought off three males and foiled a carjacking in Bishops Corner Thursday night, but the suspects then carjacked a 61-year-old woman who also attempted to fight them off, West Hartford Police said.

According to police, officers responded to an attempted carjacking at 330 North Main St. in Bishops Corner – the shopping center that includes Walgreens and Whole Foods – at 8:37 p.m. Thursday.

While officers were still en route, police said they received a report of a vehicle stolen from the shopping center across the street at 2480 Albany Ave. – where the Bishops Corner Post Office is located.

Police said that in the initial call, a 28-year-old woman said three males entered her Jeep Cherokee. One got into the front passenger seat, and two others entered the backseat from either side, police said.

According to police, the victim was told to exit the vehicle and leave her purse, but she did not comply and instead began screaming and struggled with one of the males to keep her purse.

Police said the three males then ran from the vehicle without taking anything, and headed northbound in the direction of Starbucks. The victim was not injured, police said.

The second incident was reported at 8:51 p.m., when police said a 61-year-old woman who had parked her Subaru Legacy to put something in the mailbox at 2480 Albany Ave. was approached by three males who attempted to get into the car.

According to police, the victim struggled with the males, and she reported that she “was hit, grabbed by the upper arms, and pushed away from her vehicle.”

The three males stole the Subaru and fled, police said, headed northbound through the parking lot toward Starkel Road.

Victim no. 2 told police she was not injured and refused medical attention, but according to police she went to the hospital on Friday morning for evaluation.

Police said it appeared that the same suspects were involved in both the attempted and successful carjacking, but the only description they received was that there were three males and one was wearing a black sweatshirt with a red hat underneath it.

The West Hartford Police Department’s Community Support Unit, working in conjunction with the Hartford Police Department and the CT Statewide Narcotics Taskforce, located the stolen Subaru around noon on Friday, police said.

The vehicle was in the parking lot of McDonalds at 1303 Albany Ave. in Hartford, and three male juveniles were in the car, police said.

The three males were taken into custody without incident and transported to the West Hartford Police Department where they were charged with third-degree larceny. Their names were not provided because they are juveniles.

Police said the investigation remains active.

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