On 5/3/16 at 10:41pm Hartford Police Department patrol officers responded to 241 Ledyard Street in response to a possible robbery/abduction (of an adult) complaint. 241 Ledyard St is a small mechanic repair shop (M&J Auto) in the South Meadows neighborhood. At 10:41pm this business is typically closed.
The victims reported working in the shop late, when masked suspects entered carrying guns, speaking in a Dominican dialect and demanding money. One of the victims reported that his father had been in shop with them, was abducted by the suspects, and left with them in a small black Cadillac SUV. The victims were subsequently brought to the Hartford Police Department to be interviewed by Major Crimes Detectives. Approximately an hour later, officers learned that the victim's father was left on Interstate 91 South by exit 8 -uninjured. Hartford Police responded to that area and brought the victim back to the Hartford Police Department to also be interviewed by Major Crimes Detectives.
The motive is unclear as HPD MCD Detectives are trying to determine why this smaller, typically closed auto shop in an industrial neighborhood would by the target of an armed robbery and abduction by multiple suspects at that time of night.
Cars, tools and electronics were not stolen from the shop. Some cash ($200) was reported stolen. The suspects are described as 4-5 Dominican males in black clothing, wearing ski masks. The investigation is ongoing.