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Two suspects arrested in West Hartford carjacking

A 42-year-old man met up with an potential buyer for his car when he was distracted by an injured person who was faking it
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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — A man hoping to sell his car had it stolen instead by a pair who played on his sympathies in order to distract him and steal his vehicle.

According to police, the victim reported that he planned to met up to sell his car to a potential buyer in the parking lot of 108 Oakwood Avenue on Tuesday around 12:30 p.m. 

After the suspect arrived in a silver BMW, the victim saw a distressed driver in the parking lot. When he went to help, he was approached by a suspect with a handgun who stole the victim's keys. The suspect who feigned distress and the suspect with a gun left the parking lot with the victim's vehicle and the silver BMW, police said. 

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Shortly after the incident, the victim's vehicle was located occupied in Manchester. 

Police arrested 29-year-old Gregory Ortiz of New Britain and 28-year-old Ashley Antonetti of East Hartford. 

Ortiz was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit a robbery, third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny and carrying a pistol without a permit. Ortiz was given a $250,00 bond and was taken to Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday. 

Antonetti was charged with conspiracy to commit a robbery, third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny. She was given a $150,000 bond and also taken to Hartford Superior Court. 

This incident is under investigation. 

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Anyone with further information on this incident can call the West Hartford Police Department at 860-523-5203 or use the WHPD Tip Line with any information.  The Tip Line email is whpdtips@westhartfordct.gov and the phone number is (860) 570-8969.  

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Jareliz Diaz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jdiaz@fox61.com

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