3 men charged in Connecticut hit and run


Police say Brandon Guth, 42, was struck and seriously injured by a sedan after confronting suspects who tried to enter his vehicle.

NAUGATUCK, Conn. — Three Hartford men are facing multiple charges after a car burglary in July left a Naugatuck man in a coma, police said.

The incident happened on July 12, just after 4:30 a.m. on Alma Street. Officers were called to the scene after a person was hit by a car.

Investigators have learned that Brandon Guth, 42, left his home to confront the suspects who were trying to break into his vehicle.

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According to police, Guth was then intentionally hit by a black sedan. The vehicle then left the scene before police could arrive.

Guth suffered serious injuries and was in a coma after the incident.

The following day, police announced that they had seized the black sedan that hit Guth.

On Thursday, Naugatuck police announced that three suspects, all from Hartford, have been identified and charged in connection with the hit and run.

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Dallas Rodriguez, 24, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, evasion of responsibility, reckless driving, second-degree robbery, driving without a license, seven counts of third degree conspiracy to commit burglary, and seven counts of third degree conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.

Rodriguez was held on $350,000 bond and is due in court Thursday.

John Santos, 23, was arrested on September 16 and charged with first degree larceny, second degree larceny, seven counts of third degree conspiracy to commit robbery and seven counts of third degree conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.

Santos was held on $250,000 bond and was due in court on Monday.

TaJay Hunter, 22, was previously being held at Hartford Correctional on unrelated criminal charges. He is charged with first degree larceny, second degree larceny, seven counts of third degree conspiracy to commit robbery and seven counts of third degree conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.

Hunter is due in court on Friday.

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Naugatuck Police said in a statement regarding the investigation:

We salute the hard work and coordinated efforts of our Naugatuck Police Detectives, especially Lead Investigator Detective McGarvey of the Greater Hartford Regional Auto Theft Task Force, CSP Major Crimes Division , all of whom have spent countless hours investigating this incident. We also thank the community for sending tips, videos and information that helped us bring these suspects to justice.

Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected].

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