Police: Dental Office Employee Thwarts Would-Be Carjacker In Shelton

SHELTON, Conn. — A shoeless Waterbury man was arrested after he tried to carjack a woman and a dental office employee came to her aid, police said.

Gerardo Retamar
Gerardo Retamar Photo Credit: Shelton Police Department

Gerardo Retamar, 37, was charged with criminal attempt to commit robbery involving an occupied vehicle, criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny, criminal impersonation, interfering with an officer and second-degree breach of peace, police said in a statement Saturday.

The arrest stemmed from an incident Friday, in which a woman called police saying a man had attempted to carjack her in front of Family Dental on Center Street, police said.

She said she was parking her car in front of the business when Retamar, wearing a tank top, sweat pants and no shoes, approached her car, opened the door and tried to get in and grab the keys, police said.

She screamed and a Family Dental employee came to her aid, police said. 

Retamar fled the scene, only to be detained a few minutes later by an undercover officer who happened to be in the area, police said.

Taken to the Shelton Police Department, Retamar gave officers a false name and his true identity was discovered only after he was fingerprinted, police said.

He was released on $30,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 7.

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