Police in Meriden are investigating after two men stole a woman's car while she was in her car on Thursday morning.
The incident began on Nancy Lane just off North Colony Road at about 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Just as a Meriden detective sergeant was on his way to work, he saw two men exit an SUV, which had what appeared to be police style lights flashing.
The men went up to a vehicle that had stopped on the side of the road. Police said they forced a female driver into the back seat of the car, got in and drove off in the victim's car. The woman told police she was held at gunpoint.
The SUV that the two men exited followed behind.
The Meriden officer called for assistance and the men sped off.
Eventually, police found the SUV with a female driver, who was taken into custody. She was identified as 26-year-old Chasity Marquez, of Naugatuck. She was charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree conspiracy to commit kidnapping, carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, and impersonating a police officer. She was held on a $250,000 bond.
Officers continued to search for the two men in the victims car, and located a woman who was on the side of the road, about a mile or two from the abduction site. She was not injured.
The victim told police the two men were armed with a handgun.
The car was eventually located in a Cheshire commuter lot, but the car was empty. It was impounded and will be used for evidence.
Police said at this time it appears this was not a random act of violence, and it is believed that robbery was the motive for the crime.
The incident is under investigation.
Residents were surprised that a carjacking could happen on their street.
"I saw all the police cars coming and I was wondering and I came home to see if everything's okay," said Bob Ball, who lives in the area.
"It is right here at my house, I've got my nephew up on the second floor and its just one of those things. What do you do? These guys are doing stuff like that and it's scary," said Norman White.
Police are searching for the two men, who were masked at the time.
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