Orlando Rodriguez (Courtesy of the Southington Police Department)

Man charged in Meriden, Southington after domestic incident

MERIDEN — Police arrested a Middletown man after he fled from a domestic incident and was found hiding in a bush near the Hospital of Central Connecticut in Southington.

Orlando Rodriguez, 28, was arrested Wednesday by Southington police and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon. He was then turned over to Meriden police and charged with unlawful restraint, robbery of an occupied vehicle, first-degree stalking, second-degree strangulation, third-degree larceny, third-degree assault, violation of a restraining order, and breach of peace.

Southington Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz, the police spokesman, said Meriden police requested help finding Rodriguez after he fled a reported domestic incident. Meriden police traced Rodriguez’s cellphone to the area of Vermont Avenue in Southington.

Southington officers checked the area and found a stolen car parked and unoccupied in a driveway on Vermont Avenue, Dobratz said.

A police dog helped locate Rodriguez in a wooded area between the hospital and the Southington Care Center, Dobratz said. Police saw Rodriguez throw something away and found a knife nearby.

Southington police released Rodriguez on $25,000 bond and turned him over to Meriden police. Meriden police held him on a $250,000 bond. He was due to be arraigned Thursday in Meriden Superior Court. Arraignment information wasn’t available. (203) 317-2225 Twitter: @LaurenSievertRJ

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