Suspect arrested after stealing vehicle with child still inside, Manchester police say

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — An East Hartford man was arrested Saturday after stealing a vehicle with a 3-year-old child still inside it, according to Manchester Police.

Police said they got a call around 3:18 p.m. that a motor vehicle had been stolen outside of a Shell Gas Station on 404 Hartford Road. The caller also stated that a 3-year-old male had been in a car seat inside of the vehicle.

A witness told officials that they vehicle proceeded on to I-384 westbound.

Assistance from Connecticut State Police and Hartford Police Department quickly resulted in the vehicle being located at the bottom of Founders Bridge at 3:24 p.m., however the suspect fled on foot.

Police identified the suspect as 36-year-old Leonel Colon-Ortiz of East Hartford. Colon-Ortiz was quickly apprehended where he was found to be in possession of multiple bags of suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia, and a large kitchen knife discovered tucked into his waistband.

The 3-year-old male was found unharmed, police say. He is back in his mother’s care.

Colon-Ortiz was given multiple charges for this incident:

  • Risk of Injury
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Carrying a Dangerous Weapon
  • Illegal Possession of a Weapon in a Motor Vehicle
  • Larceny in the Third Degree
  • Kidnapping in the Second Degree
  • Reckless Driving
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a License

Colon-Ortiz is currently being held on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on October 22.

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