Man charged in pursuit, attempted carjacking on I-691 in Meriden



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MERIDEN — Police say a city faces charges after he crashed a car, fled from officers while holding a firearm and tried to carjack another vehicle on Interstate 691 on Monday evening. The incident shut down a portion of Interstate 691 by exit 10 as police investigated multiple areas involved with the incident.

Trayquan Ford, 25, no address listed, was arrested on Monday and charged with reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, interfering with police, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny and misuse of registration plates. 

Manasia Bennett, 19, no address listed, was also arrested on Monday and charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny and interfering with police. 

On Monday, members of the Meriden police crime suppression unit saw a Dodge Caliber being driven on Colony Street near Platt Avenue, Sgt. Michael Boothroyd said in a statement Tuesday. Paper registration on the vehicle came back with no information. Officers were aware that Ford was driving a similar vehicle and had recently escaped from a halfway house after being released from prison, Boothroyd said. 

Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver, later identified as Ford, fled. Ford drove onto eastbound I-691  and crashed into a fence by the commuter lot on Bee Street, which disabled the car. Ford and the front seat passenger, identified as Bennett, fled. Officers saw a commotion occurring in the commuter lot after locating the crashed car, according to the arrest report. Officers ran to the commuter lot and saw a man backing away from the car with his hands in the air. Officers saw Ford in the drivers seat and he took off running toward westbound I-691. Ford was holding a green and black handgun as he fled. Police detained Bennett at the scene.

Police chased Ford onto Bee Street, where he ran through several yards, past the Spoon Shop Brook and into the Winding Brook condominium complex, the report said. Police yelled for Ford to show his hands as they believed he was still armed, the report said. Officers threatened to shoot Ford if he did not comply, the report stated. Ford stopped and raised his arms above his head and was taken into custody without further incident. 

Police found a loaded Taurus 9 mm pistol with an extended magazine in the trash can of a home on Jodi Drive, the report said. 

Ford is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm. State police are investigating the crash on the highway, Boothroyd said. Police spoke with the owner of the car in the commuter lot. The man said Ford and Bennett ran towards him and Ford asked for a ride. When the man said he didn’t want to get involved, Ford pulled out the pistol and said “don’t make me do it to you,” the report said. 

Ford also had an active federal warrant for escape from custody from Arlington, Virginia, according to court files. 

Ford and Bennett were arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. A judge set bond for Ford at $2 million and transferred the case to the part A docket in New Haven Superior Court for Dec. 14. A judge set bond for Bennett at $25,000 and also transferred her case to the part A docket in New Haven Superior Court for Dec. 14. 

lsellew@record-journal.com203-317-2225Twitter: @LaurenSellewRJ



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