NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) — Naugatuck police announced that after months of searching, they have arrested the third and final suspect in a hit-and-run where a man was left severely injured.

The initial incident happened in mid-July. The victim left his home on Alma Street to prevent three thieves from breaking into his truck, according to police. Instead, the suspects ran him over with their car and left him critically wounded in the streets.

The suspects fled the scene immediately after the crash, police said. The victim, 42-year-old Joel “Brandon” Guth, was hospitalized with brain injuries. He underwent surgery for his injuries and continues recovering.

Joel “Brandon” Guth

Police found one suspect, 22-year-old TaJay Javon Hunter, of Hartford, being held at the Hartford Correctional Facility on unrelated charges. He has been charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, seven counts of conspiracy to commit burglary in the third degree and seven counts of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the third degree.

Officers arrested the second suspect, 23-year-old John Carlos Santos, of Hartford, on Friday. He has been charged with the same offenses as Hunter.

Police found their final suspect on Wednesday, when they arrested 24-year-old Dallas Diamond Rodriguez, of Hartford.

Rodriguez has been charged with the following:

  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Assault in the first degree
  • Evading responsibility
  • Reckless driving
  • Larceny in the second degree
  • Operating a motor vehicle without a license
  • Seven counts of conspiracy to commit burglary in the third degree
  • Seven counts of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the third degree