Man Who Claimed He Was Carjacked Is Arrested

Noel Garcia 1200
Hamden Police

The investigation into a crash that badly injured a 21-year-old almost two years ago has led to the arrest of another man who told police he was carjacked and pulled from his vehicle.

Hamden police responded to a car crash on Mather Street around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2013, shortly after 3:30a.m. and found an unconscious 21-year-old Hamden resident who’d been thrown for the car.

He suffered extensive injuries, including a broken neck, hip and leg, and he was transported to
Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police said the 21-year-old was one of three passengers inside of the car Noel Garcia, 23, of Hamden, was driving.

Police investigated and determined that the car went off the road and hit a tree and Garcia and the other two passengers allegedly told the 21 year-old injured person that they would call for help, police said.

Around an hour later, Garcia filed a report with the New Haven Police Department saying he was “carjacked,” four people dragged him from his car and the 21-year-old was kidnapped, police said.

New Haven Police then tried to find Garcia’s cell phone and determined that it was at the crash site, where police found the unconscious victim, then called Hamden Police, who continued the investigation.

On Aug. 3, Garcia, who had turned himself in. He has been charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving and evading responsibility, detained on a $25,000 court-ordered bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Aug. 17.

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