A bizarre set of circumstances helped police track down a man they say has been on a dangerous crime spree since escaping from a halfway house.
Joshua Montanez, 25, was wanted by several different agencies on charges ranging from robbery to kidnapping.
Police said Montanez's family was giving him a going away party of sorts at a home in New Britain Thursday night because he was about to turn himself in on an outstanding arrest warrant.
According to police, some kind of fight broke out with the neighbors who live downstairs.
When officers arrived, police arrested members of Montanez's family including his grandmother on charges including assault, burglary and breach of peace.
"Yeah I was wondering what the heck was going on," said Mary Catania, who lives downstairs. "They (police) were taking all of them out."
Montanez fled the scene and then turned himself in to the New Britain Police Department a little while later.
Officers are glad he did, because he's wanted for a variety of crimes committed since December, including the beating of a man with an aluminum baseball bat in a January carjacking.
"We've been working with many other agencies that have been looking for Mr. Montanez," said Vernon police Lt. William Meier. "East Hartford, Newington, Norwich, and also the state have been looking for him since his escape from corrections."
Montanez's mother, who was one of the family members arrested, told Eyewitness News that she and her husband convinced their son to turn himself in.
"We got accused of something we didn't do and we all got arrested," she said. "Nobody did anything. They wouldn't let us explain our side of the story."
The New Britain Police Department said the arrests were made with probable cause and supervisors were on the scene and with the suspects when they were booked.
If any of the family members make a complaint, the department will investigate each and every one of them.
Police told Eyewitness News that most family members are out on bond. Joshua Montanez is still in prison because he's wanted on outstanding charges.
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