One man is in custody after a wild carjacking in Mount St. Benedict cemetery on the Bloomfield/Windsor town line.
Police said Frederick Sowell, 18, of Hartford, was arrested on carjacking, robbery in the second degree, larceny in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree and breach of peace in the second degree. He is being held on $500,000 bond, and he made his first appearance in Hartford Superior Court on Monday.
According to police, the vehicle owner was visiting the cemetery and left the keys in the vehicle with a passenger inside. Sowell then jumped in the car and attempted to drive off and the passenger jumped out of the vehicle. The owner attempted to pull Sowell out of the driver's door, which was still open, but Sowell pushed her away and drove off through the grounds.
Police said he was driving erratically over grave sites and hitting gravestones in the Windsor portion of the cemetary. He headed toward a group of people, who tried to move out of the path., but a ten-year-old girl was stuck and sustained minor injuries. People in the cemetery followed the car and stopped Sowell at the gates on Cottage Grove Road.
According to court documents, Sowell told police he suffers from a bipolar condition and was not currently taking any of his prescribed medications.
Sowell’s mother, Lashawne Houston, also told police that, “Frederick had been acting strange for about a week,” and that she had planned to take him to the hospital before the incident occurred.
Windsor police are investigating the part of the incident where they child was struck and will be pursuing charges. The child was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where she was treated and released.
Sowell is due back in court of Oct. 9.