Three teens charged following public disturbance turned stakeout

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Following a report of a public disturbance, police negotiated for hours with and ultimately charged three West Hartford teenagers.

Numerous officers from the Hartford Police Department were dispatched to the area of New Britain Avenue and Westgate Street at 5:48 p.m. on Thursday, following reports of a public disturbance. Of the suspects reported, police were told that one had a handgun.

Upon arrival, the suspect fled into a nearby home, around which police set up a perimeter. Police say they had to request additional assistance in doing so. The suspect, Malachi Ford, 18, of West Hartford, jumped out a window in an attempt to escape.

Ford was taken into custody, but police say that they worked for hours negotiating for the remaining suspects to exit the home. Two juveniles were arrested additionally.

Although there was never any risk to residents, and no injuries involved in the incident, police say the area was cordoned off as a precaution.

Ford was charged with breach of peace, interfering with an officer, and risk of injury, and is being held on a $50,000 bond. The two juveniles faced the same charges, in addition to brandishing a facsimile firearm. They were released to a parent or guardian.

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