Convicted felon, another suspect arrested following attempted carjacking, Meriden crash


MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Two people face multiple charges following an attempted carjacking and crash in Meriden Monday night.

Meriden Police said officers saw a Dodge Caliber with an invalid paper registration plate, which came back with no registration information, traveling in the area of Colony Street and Platt Avenue. Officers learned 25-year-old Trayquan Ford, a convicted felon who had recently escaped from a transitional halfway house after being released from prison, was driving a similar vehicle.

Officers tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver fled onto the highway and into a fence.

Police said the driver, later identified by police as Ford, and the front seat passenger, 19-year-old Manasia Bennett, ran from the car and tried to carjack another driver at gunpoint.

Interstate 691 in Meriden was closed because of what state police described as an ongoing criminal investigation in the area. The eastbound side of the highway was closed between Exits 10 and 11 but has since reopened.

Officers approached Ford, who was in the victim’s car, but he ran from the vehicle and ran across I-691 West while holding a pistol in his hand.

Police chased Ford and took him into custody behind a home on Bee Street. Police said they recovered a loaded Taurus 9 mm pistol with an extended magazine.

Ford also had an active federal arrest warrant for escape from custody, police said. He is being held on a $1.5 million bond.

Ford is charged with misuse of registration plates, reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, interfering with police, first-degree robbery, first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree larceny, and second-degree conspiracy to commit larceny.

Bennett is being held on a $500,000 bond. She is charged with interfering with police, first-degree robbery, first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree larceny, second-degree conspiracy to commit larceny.

State police are investigating the two-car crash that occurred on I-691. Minor injuries were reported in the crash, according to state police.

The report below is from a previous newscast.

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