Police: Supermarket Carjacking May Have Been a Hate Crime

(Hartford Courant) State police are investigating the possibility that the weekend beating, carjacking and kidnapping of a 64-year-old woman in a Marlborough supermarket parking lot was a hate crime.

“There are certain aspects of this investigation that could possibly be related to a hate crime,” said Brian Foley, executive assistant to James C. Rovella, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

He would not specify Wednesday what type of hate crime it may have been, saying such a disclosure could hinder the investigation.

No one has been arrested in the case, part of a series of escalating violence during car-related crimes in the Hartford area. The crimes include a resident being shot in the thigh while confronting car burglars in front of his Hartford home and a woman being pulled from her Porsche, which was then stolen, outside a Rocky Hill bakery on a Saturday afternoon.

The woman told investigators she was putting groceries in her car about 7 p.m. Saturday when two men approached and demanded money. They threw her into the backseat, state police said.

Armed with a handgun, they threw a bag over her head and hit her in the face several times with a hard object, police said.

They then stole her car — with her in the back seat, state police said. They stopped at DND Food Mart in East Hartford, where one of the suspects used her ATM card to get money.

The suspects were described as young Black men.

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