Posted on September 16, 2021

State Police Looking Into Whether Marlborough Abduction Was a Hate Crime

Ayah Galal and Rob Polansky, WFSB, September 15, 2021

State police are seeking help from the public following an abduction and robbery in Marlborough.

State police are saying this appears to be a ‘crime of opportunity’ and are looking into whether it is a hate crime.

On Saturday, state police said a 64-year-old woman was assaulted by two men while in the parking lot of the Big Y World Class Market in town.

Suspects Kidnapping

Suspect photos released by police.


State police said the woman was loading groceries into her car at the time when she was approached by the two young men who were wearing masks.

They demanded money from the victim, then threw her into the back seat of her own car.

Troopers said when the men showed the handgun, they then placed a bag over her head and assaulted her by hitting her in the face with an object several times.


State police said the two suspects then drove to Berlin where they threw the victim out of her car and lit the vehicle on fire on fire behind a building.


At last check, the victim was in serious but non-life-threatening condition.


“There are certain aspects of this investigation that could possibly be related to a hate crime,” Brian Foley of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection said in a statement.