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Man accused of stealing car, escaping police custody arrested in Hartford

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Police have located Kevin Feliciano after he escaped police custody. (WFSB/CT State Police) Police have located Kevin Feliciano after he escaped police custody. (WFSB/CT State Police)
Police were searching for an escaped suspect in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford. (WFSB) Police were searching for an escaped suspect in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford. (WFSB)
Kevin Feliciano is facing several charges. (CT State Police) Kevin Feliciano is facing several charges. (CT State Police)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A 22-year-old man, who is accused of stealing a motor vehicle, leading police on a pursuit and escaping police custody in Hartford, was arrested after a search in the capitol city on Thursday morning.

Hartford resident, Kevin Feliciano, is accused of stealing a motor vehicle from Greenwich and then ramming a police cruiser on Wednesday night.

Greenwich police reported a 2003 Honda Civic was stolen from their town to state police around 11 p.m. Investigators said the vehicle was in the Hartford area after police said they pinged the owner of the Civic's cell phone, which was still inside the vehicle.

As troopers tried to stop the car on Interstate 84 westbound near exit 47 in Hartford, police said Feliciano initially stopped. When troopers exited their cruisers, police said Feliciano "placed the stolen vehicle in reverse, accelerated backwards and rammed one state police cruiser."  

Another trooper fired at Feliciano, however police said the shot missed the suspect. 

Police said while Feliciano was on  Sigourney Street, he eventually crashed  into an embankment and fence near the Park Street intersection. 

Feliciano was arrested and did not report any injuries to police. However, two troopers were taken to St. Francis Hospital "for the evaluation of minor injuries"and released later on Thursday.

State Police detectives from Western District Major Crime are investigating the troopers discharge of a firearm. 

After the initial arrest, police said Feliciano escaped custody as he was being transferred to the courthouse in Hartford around 8 a.m. Immediately, a search began in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford.

Investigators said during the escape, Feliciano "ditched his jump suit" and was "believed to be in boxers and socks."

Connecticut State Police said they assisted in the search for the suspect. They used K9 teams in the Broad Street area near the court house. Trooper One also helped with the search. 

The whole search occurred outside a law office. 

"I'm just surprised that he was just able to escape and get away in his boxers and socks," eyewitness Charlene Dukes said. "And hide in the bushes all of this time."

A Hartford deputy police chief ended up finding Feliciano under a porch.

"It can't sit well that a prisoner escaped...Of course not absolutely not," Connecticut State Police Trooper Kelly Grant said. "It doesn't sit well with us at all it. Certainly isn't an ideal situation certainly not something that we hope would ever happen."

Grant said a full investigation will be done into how a handcuffed man being watched by troopers was able to elude them. Grant said they committed more security to him for this court transport to the Hartford courthouse.  

Feliciano was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree larceny, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, assault public safety person, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, failure to drive upon right, unsafe backing, failure to obey control signal and operating motor vehicle without license. 

Feliciano was arraigned at Hartford Superior Court on Thursday. He was being held on $250,000 bond. 

Roads was closed in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford including Grand and Oak streets during the search.  

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