Police Arrest West Hartford Carjacking Suspect

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    A man who allegedly carjacked an elderly person in West Hartford was apprehended today (Published Friday, Aug 23, 2013)

    West Hartford police have arrested the suspect accused of stealing a car and crashing into two police cruisers Wednesday afternoon.

    Alexander "Ace" Diaz, 22, was arrested last week after leading police on a foot chase on Park Street in Hartford.

    "Our detectives worked nonstop throughout the entire day and into the night trying to develop any information that we could," said Sgt. Michael Perruccio of the West Hartford police.

    Perruccio said an anonymous tip led them to Park Street.

    "This is a perfect example of when the community comes together to help us get somebody off the street who is dangerous," Perruccio said.

    Diaz is accused of stealing g a 2003 white Toyota Camry from a man at the Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford on Wednesday.

    Police spotted the car on Park and Putnam streets in Hartford around 3:50 p.m. As officers approached the car, Diaz reportedly drove off and led them on chase, hitting two police cruisers, authorities said.

    The car crashed into a fence at the corner of Broad and Lincoln streets, a short distance away. Police said Diaz jumped out of the car and fled on foot.

    Police said three adults and two children were inside the car before it crashed. They are still investigating to determine who those people were. Authorities said they don't believe the passengers were related to the victim.

    Diaz was arrested around 10 a.m. Friday and transferred to West Hartford police custody.

    He is charged with third-degree assault on a victim over age 60, second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening, second-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover, two counts of risk of injury to a minor, three counts of assault on a police officer and third-degree robbery.

    Diaz is being held on a $500,000  bond.