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.
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.