NEW BRITAIN — The 19-year-old city man police say ran down and dragged a New Britain police officer Sunday night has been caught in Vermont.
Vermont state police confirmed that Jaheem Snype was taken into custody near the Canadian border.
New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart also announced Snype’s arrest Wednesday night.
“You can run but you can’t hide,” she tweeted. “Jaheem Snype is in custody.”
Police have scheduled a press conference for 10 p.m. at headquarters.
People familiar with the investigation said New Britain detective learned that Snype had a relative in Vermont and were able to track his location with his cell phone. When confronted by police, he gave up without fight.
A massive manhunt had been underway since Sunday night, when rookie New Britain Officer Brett Morgan was badly injured while investigating a stolen car complaint. Morgan had spotted the car and was approaching it to check it when, police say, Snype ran him down and dragged him about 100 feet.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Snype Wednesday charging him with attempted murder, first-degree assault and assault on a police officer.
Earlier, police obtained a warrant charging Snype with crimes related to the theft of the car police say he used to run down Morgan.
Morgan, 28, has undergone two surgeries, including a 9-hour operation on Monday, to begin to repair the traumatic injuries he suffered. He remains in intensive care at a Hartford hospital, New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell said.
“He continues to improve and is doing as well as can be expected,” Wardwell said. More surgeries are expected.
Police appealed to the public for help in finding Snype and fielded many tips.
Police urged people not to approach him because they regarded him as dangerous. “He’s already shown extreme indifference to human life,” Wardwell said.
Morgan was injured about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, after he spotted a stolen car behind 56 Wilcox St. He was approaching the car when it struck him, ran over him and dragged him down a driveway and into Wilcox Street. The car fled, leaving the badly injured officer lying in the road.
Morgan joined the New Britain police department last year. He worked as a police officer in Northampton, Mass., for two years before joining the New Britain police department. New Britain police had several openings and about 120 certified police officers from other departments applied.
“There’s been a very large outpouring of public support,” he said. “I know the entire New Britain police department and Officer Morgan’s family are very appreciative of that.”
The New Britain police department and the police union have started a fund to help Morgan’s family deal with expenses they expect to arise.
The Brett Morgan Benefit Fund is being hosted by TD Bank. People who’d like to donate can go to any TD Bank branch and make a contribution to the fund, in care of Robert Martin of the New Britain police department. Checks payable to the Brett Morgan Benefit Fund can also be sent to the New Britain Police Department, Brett Morgan Benefit Fund, 10 Chestnut St., New Britain CT, 06051.