Woman arrested in New Britain carjacking was on parole for robbery
By WFSB Staff
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -
A 48-year-old woman who has been charged in connection with a carjacking in New Britain was arraigned Tuesday.
Maryann Skwiot of Kensington is accused of pushing another woman out of her vehicle after approaching her for help Sunday and stealing her car.
The unidentified victim said she agreed to give Skwiot a ride after she told her she became involved in an altercation with her husband and he pushed her into a lake. The victim told Eyewitness News that she was inspired to help Skwiot after getting out of St. Francis Church, moments earlier.
After agreeing to give Skwiot a ride, police said she pushed the 69-year-old woman out of her vehicle in the area of 100 Grand St. and took off.
"She was trying to scare me. She wanted me out of the car," the victim told Eyewitness News. "She said I'm gonna hurt you, get out of the car."
The vehicle was recovered the next day in the St. Francis Church parking lot.
On Monday, police found Skwiot driving another vehicle in New Britain and arrested her on Fenn Road without incident.
Skwiot, who had been staying at a halfway house in Berlin to get over a drug addiction, according to arrest papers, was charged with carjacking, second-degree larceny, assault on a victim over 60 and second-degree threatening. She was also charged with drug crimes after cocaine was recovered from the vehicle.
Skwiot, who has a lengthy criminal history and is considered a public safety risk, went before Judge Hilary Strackbein Tuesday afternoon at Superior Court in New Britain. Her case was continued and she is still being held on almost a $1 million bond.
In the end, the victim regrets her decision and now has $6,000 worth of damage to her vehicle. She adds that she will likely never help others again.
"No good deed goes unpunished," she told Eyewitness News. "That's the bottom line."
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