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Police & Fire

Arrest Made In Car-Jacking That Involved Kidnaped Dementia Patient

Anthony Almedina
Anthony Almedina Photo Credit: CT Police

West Hartford and State Police have made an arrest in the case of a carjacking that included kidnapping a dementia patient.

Anthony Almedina, 41, of Hartford was arrested and is being charged with:

  • First-degree kidnapping
  • First-degree unlawful restraint
  • Third-degree larceny
  • Possessing weapons in a motor vehicle
  • Second-degree reckless endangerment
  • Reckless driving
  • Engaging in a police pursuit
  • Interfering with an officer
  • Failure to drive right
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign
  • Failure to stop at a red light.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, at around 11:45 a.m. an elderly woman with dementia was alone in a vehicle that was left running outside of the West Hartford Post Office, police said. Almedina allegedly stole the vehicle and drove it in West Hartford and Hartford.

At some point, the woman was left at a supermarket in West Hartford. She was not harmed, police said.

Police used a cell phone ping to locate the car. They found it at a residence in Hartford. State and West Hartford police were involved in Almedina’s arrest. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

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