Carjacking Suspects Killed in Crash Trying to Evade Police
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two men accused of a carjacking in Connecticut were killed early Monday when the stolen car crashed into a synagogue while being pursued by the police.
New Haven Police told Fox61 they responded to the carjacking report shortly after midnight. The victim told officers the suspects approached him claiming to have a gun. He gave the suspects his wallet and cell phone before they took off in his 2005 Toyota Highlander. The victim was not injured.
About an hour later an officer spotted the stolen car, called for backup, and began pursuing the suspects. Once reinforcements arrived, police tried to stop the car, only for the driver to take off again, reported Fox News.
Minutes later, police came upon the Highlander. It had crashed into the Congregation Beth El Keser Synagogue, killing both occupants.
The driver was identified as 23-year-old Tommy Brown, of New Haven, and his passenger was 20-year-old Andrew Bolden-Velez, of West Haven.
New Haven police say the investigation has been turned over to the Connecticut State Police and the state’s attorney’s office.