West Hartford Police Arrest Suspects in Home Invasion, Armed Robbery

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    West Hartford police credit alert citizen (Published Monday, Aug. 18, 2014)

    West Hartford investigated an armed robbery, a home invasion and an attempted home invasion in a span of four hours and said the crimes were connected.

    Police made three arrests and said the first robbery was reported at 9:27 p.m. on Sunday. The victim said he was standing in front of 701 Farmington Ave. when three people robbed him at gunpoint.

    A man in his late teens or early 20s in a black hoodie walked right up to the victim, pointed a black gun at him, racked a round and demanded the victim's wallet, according to police. The group made off with $70 and ran east on Farmington Avenue, police said.

    Soon after the armed robbery, there was an armed home invasion a few blocks away on Lowell Road, police said.

    Two men forced their way into the home through an unlocked rear window, pointed a handgun at the homeowner and told him to be quiet, police said.

    For half an hour, they remained in the victim’s home and also threatened him with a knife before running off with his cash, police said. Police said they believed the two incidents were connected.

    Just before 1:30 a.m. on Monday, police received a call about an attempted home invasion on Fennway.

    A woman said she was outside her home, smoking a cigarette, when someone started walking toward her.

    As she was backing into her house, the person pointed what appeared to be a handgun at her, so she ran into her house and called 911.

    When police responded, they found a suspect with heroin on him who was hiding in the bushes on South Highland Street and he tried to run, but a K9 helped capture him, police said.

    A second suspect was also found hiding in some nearby bushes.

    The two men had been planning a second home invasion, but the resident thwarted it by being alert and calling police.

    Police said they found a third suspect at a home in Hartford and take her into custody.

    Police located three facsimile handguns, evidence from the Lowell Road robbery and the victim’s cash, police said.

    Jaquarius Carter, 19, of Hartford, Terrance Clarke, 18, and Ashley Blagrove, 21, of Hartford, were arrested in connection with the armed robbery on Farmington Avenue.

    All three were charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny conspiracy at second-degree larceny and carrying dangerous weapons.

    Carter was charged with brandishing a facsimile firearm.

    Carter and Clarke were both charged in connection with the home invasion on Lowell Road. Both were charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, kidnapping in the first degree with a firearm, first-degree threatening 1st degree, carrying dangerous weapons and brandishing a facsimile firearm.

    Carter and Clarke were also charged in connection with the gun incident on Fennway and charged with conspiracy to commit home invasion, criminal attempt to commit home invasion, conspiracy at burglary in the first degree, criminal attempt at burglary in the first degree, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, criminal attempt at robbery in the first degree, first-degree threatening, carrying dangerous weapons, brandishing a facsimile firearm and interfering/resisting arrest.

    Carter was additionally charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a daycare or school.

    Bond for Carter and Clarke was set at $750,000.00, while bond for Blagrove was set at $250,000.