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Carjacking Suspect Found After Crash

Hamden Police Investigate Overnight Carjacking

One man is in custody following an overnight carjacking in Hamden that ended with a crash near the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield. (Published Monday, Nov. 16, 2015)

A man accused of pulling a man and woman from a car in Hamden, then leading police on a 95-mile-per-hour chase before crashing the stolen car, has been arrested.

Police said the victims, a 25-year-old Wallingford woman and her 26 year-old boyfriend, were parked at the Go-On gas station on Fairview Avenue in Hamden around 2:30 a.m. when a man pulled the woman out of the driver’s side of her Nissan Altima and another man pulled her boyfriend from the car and drove off, running over the woman’s foot.

The woman’s cell phone was still in the car and Hamden police were able to track it to a rest area on Route 15 in Orange, so Hamden Police reached out to State Police with the location.

State police said they saw the car on Route 15, near exit 48, and put on the lights and sirens, but the driver did not stop and led police on a two-and-a-half mile pursuit that reached up to 95 miles per hour.

Moments later, the stolen vehicle crashed into a guardrail near exit 46, in Fairfield-Trumbull area, and the suspect was found walking north on Route 15, police said.

Police identified him as Jaron Jenkins, 22, of New York, New York, and said he had injured his hand.

He has been charged with reckless driving, second-degree larceny, interfering with an officer and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Hamden Police continue to investigate.

Jenkins wasn’t able to post bond and is due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Tuesday.

Police initially said at least two people were in the vehicle and ran, but later said it’s not clear if there was a second suspect.

The stolen vehicle was taken to Hamden Police, who are investigating the carjacking.