Woman carjacked at gunpoint in broad daylight in West Hartford; PD closing in on brazen suspects


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Five carjackings in the last week, all in the Hartford area, and the latest one in broad daylight. The police now say they are closing in on the suspects.

Right now police are actively chasing down leads. It is a very active investigation as we speak. With the latest carjacking happening on Friday in a parking lot.

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Police said around 1:30 p.m., a female driver exited a parking spot at the US Post Office at the Crossroads Plaza in West Hartford. She was approached by two males, one of which was armed with a gun.

The woman was ordered out of the car and the suspects stole the car. The suspects are believed to be two black men, one of which is armed.

The victim was not injured. The victim’s car was recovered and is being processed for evidence.

Kevin Plaut of West Hartford told News 8, “I actually pulled into the parking lot maybe one minute after it happened, I was followed by three police cars.”

West Hartford police said the incident is being investigated along with several other similar incidents believed to be committed by the same suspects in the greater Hartford area.

Police say the thieves always arrive in the same car: a Volkswagen Atlas.

Here is the list of the towns the thieves have been targeting:

Jill Cheng of West Hartford said, “I think it’s crazy, I’m surprised, I am sad, but we all have to be very aware.”

The reason the police want these guys so badly is because it’s so gutsy. Right in broad daylight in an incredibly busy area. And they came right up to the person pointed a gun at them and told him to get out of the car.

Plaut added, “I saw the girl sitting down afterwards, she was definitely very disturbed, and it all happened so fast, cars flying in and out of here. About 10 cops in two minutes. I don’t know if they caught them, but daylight?!”

People who live and shop in the Bishops Corner area say this is a very safe plaza but has recently been targeted.

Plaut explained, “The Shell right out front there was a carjacking there a few weeks ago, really surprising.”

It’s not known if the carjacking at the gas station is related to the one Friday at the post office, but West Hartford police are working with detectives from other towns and cities to track these guys down.

Tracy Weed of West Hartford said, “I would love to say that I am very careful when I’m walking around, but, honestly, I feel safe here and I take that safety for granted.”

Police have recovered both the thieves’ vehicle they used in the carjacking as well as the car they stole. It has been processed for evidence and they are following up on some very active leads.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact West Hartford police.

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