WEST HARTFORD — Two people were charged Monday night in connection with a knife-point kidnapping last month, according to police.
Capt. Michael Perruccio said members of the Detective Division, Community Support Unit and Emergency Services Unit served two high-risk warrants around 6 p.m. Monday in the case of a Jan. 28 kidnapping.
Jalen Faucette-Smith, 20, of New Britain, was taken into custody at the West Farms Mall on New Britain Avenue.
Teesa McElroy, also 20 and from New Britain, was taken into custody after a vehicle stop on I-84 in Hartford.
Perruccio said during the Jan. 28 incident, a 21-year-old man was kidnapped as he walked eastbound on Boulevard from Trout Brook Drive.
“The victim was forced into a car and taken to multiple locations where his ATM card was used repeatedly for illegal purchases,” Perruccio said. “The victim was then forcibly held in an undisclosed location after sustaining minor injuries. He was released the next day in Hartford and was able to get help and subsequently contacted the West Hartford Police Department.”
During the monthlong investigation, Perruccio said police identified Faucette-Smith and McElroy as suspects.
Faucette-Smith was charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, third-degree larceny and payment card theft.
McElroy was charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, payment card theft and illegal use of a payment card.
They were each held on a $750,000 bond.
Perruccio said the investigation is ongoing.