State police arrest Southington man wanted by FBI for robberies, carjackings

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police said Friday night they have arrested one of the state’s most wanted fugitives.

Christian Velez, 23, of Southington, is in custody after a foot pursuit in New Britain.

“This is an individual who doesn’t care about the safety of anybody else,” Lt. Matt Garcia said. “He was out for himself, and he was going to hurt anybody he had.”

State police teamed up with the FBI to track down Velez, who they say is a wanted fugitive with multiple warrants. State police believe he is responsible for dozens of armed robberies and carjackings, and there will be a long list of charges as they are compiling them right now.

Connecticut State Police: Christian Velez

“Beginning in September, he has been a suspect in numerous armed robberies throughout the state, in excess of 20 armed robberies, several carjackings,” Garcia said. “He’s considered extremely dangerous, extremely dangerous to the public, so we’ve been looking for him for the past three months.”

A half a dozen agencies were involved in the apprehension of Velez, including Statewide Narcotics, Bureau of Special Investigations, New Britain police, the tactical unit, and FBI task force. It all started early Friday morning when they got a tip that Velez was in New Britain.

The arrest happened there Friday night.

State police and New Britain police were able to track Velez down. As detectives observed Velez attempting to leave the area, he struck two state police vehicles. He then immediately tried to flee the area on foot. According to police, he attempted several carjackings unsuccessfully as he was running from officers.

“Tonight [Friday] was actually 12 hours worth of work,” Garcia said. “We had detectives looking for him in the New Britain area all day, and we had detectives from Statewide Narcotics that located the vehicle, and we just set up surveillance on them and watched him.”

Velez is being booked, processed, and charged. He may be arraigned in Waterbury Monday morning.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 8 for updates.

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