Norwich K-9 team apprehends 2 suspects in 12-hour span

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Norwich — A city officer and his K-9 partner apprehended two suspects in separate incidents in a 12-hour span, police said.

Police said officer Ken Wright and K-9 Ozzy first responded to a one-car rollover crash on Harland Road near Old Canterbury Turnpike around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Police said Wright and the dog were called because the operator had fled the scene. The K-9 found the operator, Jesse Hatfield, hiding in the woods, police said.

Hatfield, 33, of 24 Cuprak Road was charged with two counts of violation of probation, assault on a public safety personnel, evading responsibility, driving with a suspended license and failure to drive right.

Wright and Ozzy then went to a Washington Street home for a reported burglary around 3 a.m. Tuesday. The victim told police he came home, saw two men trying to get into his window, confronted them and was punched in the face before both men ran away.

Police said Wright and Ozzy found one of the men, Jason Anderson, attempting to hide underneath a nearby bridge.

Anderson, 20, of Jewett City was charged with criminal attempt to commit third-degree burglary and third-degree assault.

Police said they have identified the second man and plan to apply for a warrant for his arrest.

Information about court dates for Hatfield and Anderson was not immediately available.

l.boyle@theday.com

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