5 arrested in connection to car theft, attempted robbery that injured state trooper in Tolland


TOLLAND, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police have five people in custody in connection to a car theft, attempted robbery in Tolland on Saturday.

State police said at around 2:30 p.m., a 911 caller reported several suspects were attempting to steal vehicles near Kozley Road. While responding, a second caller reported another attempted robbery, where one of the suspects pulled a firearm on the caller when he approached the group.

State police determined that the suspects were traveling in a stolen Acura RDX out of Newington.

Troopers caught up with the stolen vehicle near the Tolland Green by around 2:45 p.m. That’s when reports indicate the vehicle intentionally hit a responding police cruiser, injuring a state trooper. The injured trooper was transported to the hospital; they have since been released from the hospital.

After the crash, the five suspects got out of the car and ran off; troopers and K-9 Officer Drago chased them.

During the chase, troopers said 19-year-old Malik Price, of Hartford, threw a handgun to the ground. The K-9 was able to catch Price and hold him until police took him into custody.

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Drago also caught a second suspect, a 15-year-old. The juvenile committed a burglary in an occupied home while trying to avoid getting apprehended, according to state police.

The other three suspects, 18-year-old Jashawn Atkinson, of Hartford, and two juvenile boys, were located hiding in a shed at a home on Torry Road.

Price is facing several charges. Some of them include four counts of reckless driving, three counts of risk of injury to a child, carrying a pistol without a permit, larceny of vehicle and criminal use of a weapon. His bond was set to $50,000.

Atkinson was charged with conspiracy to commit home invasion, three counts of conspiracy to commit burglary third degree, three counts of burglary third degree, two counts criminal attempt/larceny third degree, conspiracy to commit larceny first degree and interfering with an officer/resisting arrest. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

The juveniles are facing similar charges.

All five suspects are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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