Hamden police officer suffers broken finger while processing arrested teen

HAMDEN – A teen living at the Children’s Center broke a police officer’s finger as he was being processed after he was allegedly seen breaking into cars Monday night and arrested.

Several children, all residents at the center on Whitney Avenue, were reportedly breaking into cars Monday evening, shortly after the center reported to police that six of their residents had run away, according to police.

Shortly before 8 p.m. police got a report from the center about the children thought to have run away, according to Hamden Police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith.

“Moments later, officers were informed that several juveniles were observed ‘breaking into unlocked motor vehicles’ in the area of Carmalt Street,” Smith said in a release Tuesday.

Officer Matthew Barbuto arrested a 16 year-old Children’s Center resident who was found running in several backyards, Smith said. He was not identified because he is a minor.

“Upon arrival at police headquarters, the juvenile continuously threatened numerous officers and made several attempts at damaging a police camera,” Smith said. “An officer, who attempted to prevent the criminal mischief sustained a broken finger,”

The juvenile was charged with interfering with a police officer, second-degree threatening and escape from custody. He is scheduled to appear in Waterford Juvenile Court on Feb. 15.

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