Police searching for two suspects in Meriden abduction

Chasity Marquez (Photo provided by the Meriden Police Department)


MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Meriden police have arrested one woman and are looking for two men who they say were involved in a carjacking on Thursday morning.

Just before 8 a.m. Thursday, a Meriden officer saw an SUV with police-style lights activated and another vehicle stopped on Nancy Lane, just off of N. Colony Road. He said two black males got out of the SUV, went to the other vehicle, forcibly removed the female driver, and put her in the backseat. The two men then got in the victim’s vehicle and began to speed off. Police say the SUV began to follow.

“It was a scene like out of a movie,” said witness, Terry O’Connor. “Just a high speed car chase through a neighborhood.”

The officer called in for back-up, but had lost sight of the victim’s car. The SUV was stopped a short time later and the lone driver, 26-year-old Chasity Marquez of Naugatuck, was arrested. She is charged with first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, and impersonating a police officer. She is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Officers say while they were searching for the victim’s vehicle, they received a report of a female on the ground crying, about a mile or two away from the abduction site. Police responded and determined she was the victim they were looking for. Police say she was shaken up, but uninjured and she told them one of the men had a gun when he removed her from the car.

“We do believe that it was a targeted situation,” said Sgt. Darrin McKay with the Meriden Police Department.

Police put out a description of the vehicle and the plate number to all area towns and cities. Cheshire police found the car soon after in a Cheshire commuter parking lot. They say the car was empty and had been abandoned. Police and K9 units searched the area, but did not find any additional evidence. It is not known if anything of value was taken.

Police say they believe the motive for the carjacking was robbery. Police are still investigating the incident.

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