Owner of Stolen Vehicle, Friend Assault Suspected Thief in Hartford: Police

Hartford Police have arrested the owner of a stolen vehicle, his friend and the suspected thief after an altercation on Monday night.

Officers were called to the intersection of Airport Road and Wethersfield Avenue around 7:45 p.m. to investigate a multi-vehicle crash involving a stolen vehicle.

When officers arrived, they learned the owner of the stolen vehicle spotted his vehicle in the south district of the city and began chasing it northbound on Wethersfield Avenue.

The owner of the stolen vehicle ran a red light and hit a vehicle while traveling eastbound across Wethersfield Avenue onto Airport Road, police said.

The driver of the stolen vehicle then lost control and hit the front porch of a home on Wethersfield Avenue, according to officers.

Once stopped, the owner of the stolen vehicle and a friend of his began assaulting the suspected thief with a baseball bat, police said.

All three people were arrested and charged.

Gerardo Santiago, 30, of Hartford, is facing charges including larceny, reckless driving, using a motor vehicle without owner's permission, criminal trover and breach of peace.

Felix Cruz, 37, of Hartford, is facing charges including assault, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle without a license and breach of peace.

Osniel Gonzalez, 34, of Hartford is facing charges including assault and breach of peace.

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