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Teen Suspected in 2 Sex Assaults

Police have arrested a teenager accused of committing two sexual assaults in East Hartford. Investigators said DNA linked him to the crimes. (Published Friday, Sept. 25, 2015)

State police have arrested a 16-year-old boy suspected of sexually assaulting a woman an East Hartford commuter lot on Sept. 3 and said he is the same teen who was arrested on Thursday in connection with a sex assault at an East Hartford home on Saturday.

The teen is accused of assaulting a woman in the exit 90 commuter parking lot off Route 15 on Main Street in East Hartford near the Econo Lodge around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, police said.

After the assault, the attacker fled in the victim's black Honda Element and led police in a brief chase before crashing, but he ran off and police were not able to find him.

The original report was that an assault happened, and police determined the victim was not only physically assaulted, but also sexually assaulted.

As state police investigated the assault at the commuter lot, East Hartford police were investigating the home invasion and sexual assault on Collimore Road on Saturday.

That investigation led local police to identify a suspect and they worked with state police to obtain a DNA from the juvenile, state police said.

On Monday, the state lab confirmed through DNA analysis that the DNA profile was a match to the commuter lot assault case, according to state police. 

On Thursday, detectives from state police served an arrest warrant on the teen at the Juvenile Detention Facility in Hartford.

He has been charged with criminal attempt/felony murder, aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, strangulation in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, larceny in the third degree, larceny in the sixth degree, criminal trover in the second degree, robbery in the first degree, robbery of an occupied vehicle.

No additional information was immediately available.
 

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