Woman accused of kidnapping 2 people at knifepoint, West Hartford police say

Police said Alexandra Pennell, 28, of Hartford, Conn., allegedly forced the two people into a vehicle at knife-point in Hartford and forced them to drive to a store in West Hartford on Monday, July 19, 2021.

WEST HARTFORD — A domestic incident that began in Hartford led to the kidnapping of two people at knifepoint late Monday afternoon, according to police.

Police received a call around 4:30 p.m. about a man holding two people at knifepoint at the Xfinity store at 1253 New Britain Ave., Capt. Eric Rocheleau said.

When officers arrived, they took 28-year-old Alexandra Pennell, of Prospect Avenue in Hartford, into custody without incident. Rocheleau said officers recovered a knife from Pennell.

Investigators learned the “domestic-related” incident began in Hartford, Rocheleau said, where Pennell allegedly assaulted one victim, then forced the person and a second individual into a vehicle at knifepoint. Rocheleau said police later learned that the second person had a protective order in place and had been recently assaulted.

Rocheleau said the two victims were forced to drive to the Xfinity store in West Hartford to buy Pennell a new phone. When they were in the store, one of the victims called 911.

The captain said the three individuals are all known to each other.

Pennell was taken to police headquarters and processed on charges of two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree unlawful restraint, criminal attempt at first-degree robbery, second-degree threatening, third-degree assault, criminal violation of a protective order and second-degree breach of peace. Pennell was held on a $150,000 bond.

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