Hartford man gets prison for stealing car from woman who had her son's cremated remains in the vehicle




  • In US
  • 2022-08-15 23:06:00Z
  • By Hartford Courant

A Hartford man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for committing a carjacking in 2018, according to federal authorities.

Arno Smith, 60, also was sentenced by by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to three years of supervised release,

Federal authorities, citing court documents and statements made in court, said that at about 11 p.m. on July 26, 2018, Smith approached a woman who was in her car in a Hartford parking lot and "pressed what the woman believed to be a gun against her neck."

"Smith then grabbed the victim's purse and the victim got out of the car," authorities said in a statement. "Smith pointed the weapon at the victim, told her to walk away, and then drove away in the car. The cremated remains of the victim's son were in the vehicle."

Smith later tried to use the victim's credit card at two locations in Bristol, the statement said.

Smith was in the victim's car when he arrested on state charges on Sept. 20, 2018. The remains of the victim's son where not in the car and have not been recovered, the statement said.

Smith has been in custody since his arrest and he pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery on Oct. 6, 2020, the statement said.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Violent Crimes Task Force and the Hartford, Bristol, Southington, Bloomfield, South Windsor, Windsor Locks, Farmington and West Hartford police departments. 

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