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Off-Duty Officer Aids in Middletown Arrest

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A West Hartford police officer who was off-duty happened to be in the right place at the right time in Middletown Wednesday.

Just before 2 p.m. Middletown police responded to a reported burglary at Forest Glen Circle to find the suspected burglar already being detained by off-duty officer Matthew Bonzagni. The suspect, Randy Parks, 30, is a resident of the apartments at Forest Glen Circle.

The incident started when a pair of maintenance workers observed Parks leavinga building that he did not live in. The workers then saw Parks enter the building again wearing different clothes.

Upon entering the building, the workers heard what they believed was Parks rustling around in an apartment. They knocked on the door and then saw Parks run from the apartment, confirming their suspicions that he was robbing one of the apartments.

Bonzagni was in the area and suspected something was wrong and inquired. He was told Parks was trying to escape and Bonzagni tried apprehending him. After a brief struggle, Parks was detained by Bonzagni. Middletown police then arrived and arrested Parks.

Police say Parks was found in possession of a watch valued at $500, credit cards, a small amount of cash and coins and personal paperwork, all belonging to the resident of the unit from where Parks fled.

He was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree breach of peace and fifth-degree larceny. He is being held on $75,000 bond at Middletown Police headquarters and has a Wednesday, Sept. 28 court date.

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