Hartford man charged with carjacking truck with kids inside

Hartford police cruiser (WTNH /George Roelofsen)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The man who Hartford police say carjacked a pickup truck with two kids inside Monday has been arrested.

Police say 23-year-old Tony Mercado took the vehicle at gunpoint at Preston and Campfield after being involved in a shooting on Gilman Street. They say he drove to Hartford Hospital and went inside, leaving the three-year-old and eight-year-old in the truck outside. The children were found uninjured and were reunited with family.

Mercado was released from Hartford Hospital Friday and was immediately arrested, according to police.

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The Hartford man is charged with first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. His bond was set at $750,000 and he’s scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Two other men were involved in the Gilman Street shooting. Police say 27-year-old Steven Pedraza suffered a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg and has been released from the hospital. They say 34-year-old Juan Rosa also suffered a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg. He is still in the hospital.

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