West Hartford police arrested a 31-year-old man who they believe was luring their officers into response early Friday morning
Jared Schlar, of West Hartford, faces several charges after several incidents involving the West Hartford Police Department.
Schlar's arrest comes after officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the a parking lot of Fernridge Park around 2:30 a.m. Officers talked to Schlar, who said he was "livestreaming" their activity.
After illuminating Schlar, police said they determined that he was videotaping them and then, he subsequently left the area.
Around 2:45 a.m., police said they received a 911 call from Jared Schlar with Web Marketing LLC. The caller wanted to report that a "cop car" performed "illegal activity" at "Fern Park." Police said the caller asked the dispatcher if there was any "redundancy" and whether his report was a "redundant call."
Police said there was about "25 seconds of a dead line and three failed attempts to raise the caller." The call was then terminated by the West Hartford Police Department.
A short time later, Schlar called 911 again and told the dispatcher that "he was hung up on after a crime was committed in Fern Park," police said. Around that time, police said Schlar "we have redundancy, so surrender now or (expletive)."
After that 911 call, police said Schlar took to Twitter and documented "his hatred for the police."
Police found that a motorcycle belonging to a West Hartford Police Department employee was "knocked over and damaged "while parked in the police department parking lot around 3:45 a.m. There was also damage to the parking gate to the West Hartford Police Department.
Around 4:45 a.m., police said they received an emergency call from a West Hartford Streets employee that there was damage to the center and a man, who was later identified as Schlar, seated in a chair in the middle of Farmington Avenue.
Upon arrival, officers questioned Schlar.
"I was waiting for you," Schlar told police.
Police said Schlar "failed to cooperate with investigators and resisted arrest." During the arrest, Schlar injured an officer and caused damage to a cruiser, according to police. The officer required medical attention, according to police.
"Once the incidents were linked, it was clear that after Jared's initial attempt to lure police to him while provoking a response," police said in a statement on Friday.
Police learned that Schlar walked toward West Hartford Center and "shattered" the front glass door of Whole Foods "by pushing a shopping cart through it." Two watermelons were also destroyed, police said. Then, police said Schlar started walking southbound on Raymond Road toward the police department.
"Based on the time of night, the location of the motorcycle, and Jared's prior statements to and about law enforcement, it is obvious that his intention was to do harm to property directly related to the West Hartford Police Department and its employees. Afterwards, Jared continued into West Hartford Center, where he again provoked and lured officers to a confrontation," police said in a statement on Friday.
Schlar was charged with one count of interfering with an officer, assault on a peace officer, breach of peace, reckless use of highway by pedestrian as well as two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal mischief and three counts of refusal to be fingerprinted.
Schlar is being held on a $100,000 bond.
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