Connecticut State Police

Dementia Patient Kidnapped During Carjacking: Police

Connecticut State Police

An elderly dementia patient was kidnapped during a carjacking in West Hartford on Thursday morning and she was left at a supermarket, according to state police.

State police said the woman was not hurt, they found the car she was in and have arrested a suspect.

The car was left running in front of the West Hartford Post Office and an elderly woman who police said is a dementia patient was in the vehicle when someone stole the vehicle at 11:45 a.m. Friday, state police said.

The carjacker drove the vehicle in Hartford and West Hartford before the elderly woman was left at a supermarket in West Hartford, police said. She was not hurt.

Using a cell phone ping, police found the car at a residence in Hartford and state police detectives and troopers took the suspect into custody.

Police identified the suspect as 41-year-old Anthony Almedina, of Hartford.

He was charged with kidnapping in the first degree, unlawful restraint in the first degree, larceny in the third degree, weapons in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment in the second degree, reckless driving, engaging in a pursuit, interfering with an officer, failure to drive right, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to stop at a red light.

Bond was set at $250,000.

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