HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have arrested two people in connection with a carjacking and police chase Tuesday morning in Hartford.
According to police, Brian Perry, 23, of Meriden, and Paula Brown, 25, of Hartford were involved in a carjacking on Main Street round 8:45 am.
Officials say the victim was picking up a friend for work at a home on Martin Street, when that friend’s brother asked the victim to get out of the car and talk.
When the victim got out of the car, Perry pointed a gun at the victim’s chest. Perry pulled the trigger several times but the weapon did not fire any bullets, according to officials.
Investigators say the victim fled on foot, then Brown jumped into the driver’s seat of the red Nissan Versa.
Police say Perry ran after the victim trying to shoot him. Then Brown picked up Perry in the victim’s car and took off.
They drove several blocks before pulling into a parking lot on Seyms Street. Police say when officers arrived and tried blocking the car in the parking lot, but Perry drove the car away and fled the area.
Perry eventually crashed the car into a curb on the corner of Edwards Street. He ditched the car and ran through the Global Communications Academy and Quirk Middle School parking lot. Officers chased them on foot as they ran from police.
According to police, Perry tripped while running away and dropped his weapon. Officers finally caught him in the school parking lot.
Perry is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history, including 11 previous arrests in Hartford. He was arrested and is charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal attempt of murder, carjacking, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, weapons in a motor vehicle, engaging pursuit, reckless driving, second-degree criminal trover, sixth-degree larceny, and interfering with police.
He was held on an $800,000 bond.
Brown also has a serious criminal record, with seven previous Hartford arrests. She was also caught by police and later arrested.
Brown faces several charges including carjacking, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny and second-degree criminal trover. She was held on a $250,000 bond.