Woman charged in burglary in which Norwich police officer was sprayed with chemical

Norwich -- Police have charged a second person in connection with a September burglary in which a police officer was sprayed in the face with a chemical irritant by one of the suspects.

Police said they located and arrested Diana M. Ortiz, 45, of 9 Dougherty Ave., Plainfield, at her place of employment in Jewett City on Friday night. She was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit first-degree unlawful restraint. She was released on a $25,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Norwich Superior Court-G.A. 21.

Police said obtained a warrant for Ortiz’s arrest in connection with a Sept. 9, 2017, incident in which officers responded to possible burglary in progress at 251 Boswell Ave. at 2:19 a.m.

When they arrived, officers met with the victim who was waiting outside his apartment. He told police that upon arriving home, he noticed damage to his apartment consistent with a break-in and said several of his firearms were missing.

The man was unsure if the burglar was still inside so officers searched the apartment. As Officer Marc Massicotte searched the basement, police said he encountered a man who sprayed him in the face and eyes with a chemical irritant later identified as mace/pepper spray. Massicotte was incapacitated and police said the suspect, Levi V. Caudell, 35, of no certain address, was able to flee into the woods. He was arrested a short time later. Caudell was charged with burglary, assault on a police officer and theft of a firearm.

Massicotte was transported to The William W. Backus Hospital where he was treated for his exposure to the chemical irritant. He was released with no apparent permanent injuries.

Police said Detective Avery Marsh was able to uncover evidence pertaining to Ortiz’s involvement in the burglary and obtained a warrant for her arrest. No further arrests are anticipated.



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