WINDSOR, CT – A series of alarming events unfolded in Windsor, Connecticut, resulting in the death of a car thief who had a toddler in the stolen vehicle. The suspect, whose identity has not been disclosed, reportedly stole a car with a 17-month-old child in the backseat, robbed a bank, and subsequently crashed the vehicle, according to local law enforcement.
The incident began at St. Gabriel School on Bloomfield Avenue, where the car was stolen just after 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The vehicle had a toddler in the backseat. Within a minute, a 911 call reported a robbery at the Windsor Federal Savings Bank on Broad Street. Almost simultaneously, another 911 call reported a car crash near Hillcrest Road on Windsor Avenue.
As police responded to the three separate incidents, it became clear that they were all connected. The suspect had stolen the car from the front of St. Gabriel School, proceeded to rob the Windsor Federal Savings Bank, and then crashed the stolen vehicle with the child still inside.
The school promptly informed families about the incident, assuring them that no weapons were involved and that all students and staff were safe. The message from the school asked for prayers for the affected families.
The suspect died at the scene of the crash. The child, who was awake and responsive, was taken to Connecticut Children’s for evaluation and treatment. The child’s mother was brought to the crash site and accompanied the child to the hospital.
The North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the investigation of the crash. The entire incident remains under investigation.