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Robbery Suspect Jumps Over Jersey Barrier and Falls Almost 70 Feet To Elude Troopers

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Hartford, CT (January 21, 2020): On Wednesday, January 20, 2020 at approximately 11:49 p.m.,
detectives from the Connecticut State Police – Central District Major Crimes Squad (CDMCS) were requested
by the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office to assume the investigation into a potential use of force incident.
This stems from an incident which occurred on Interstate 84 Eastbound, Exit 46 ramp in the city of
Hartford at approximately 9:30 p.m., involving West Hartford Police Officers. West Hartford Police Officers
observed a vehicle wanted in connection to its involvement in past criminal activity. While following this
vehicle, officers deployed stop sticks in an attempt to make contact with the occupants of the vehicle. The
vehicle continued to travel through the town of West Hartford and onto Interstate 84 Eastbound where it
eventually came to a stopped position on the Exit 46 ramp in the city of Hartford.
Both occupants then exited the vehicle. The female operator who was later identified as 33 year old Maia Marieliz
was immediately taken into custody on an outstanding robbery warrant. The male occupant
fled on foot in an attempt to elude officers. The male occupant jumped over a jersey barrier, landing
approximately 70 feet below. The male, who also had an outstanding robbery warrant, was transported to an
area hospital for injuries sustained during the course of the incident.
In addition to the CDMCS detectives, the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office also requested that the State
Police – Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad (C.A.R.S) respond to the scene to assist in this
investigation. CDMCS is requesting that if anyone has any information pertaining to this incident to please contact
detectives at (860) 706-5656. All information will remain confidential. This case remains under investigation.

Written by: Mike Minarsky

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