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Hartford Police Capture Husband and Wife, Fugitives

HARTFORD — The Hartford Police on Wednesday afternoon captured a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, who abducted a special-needs child from Massachusetts. The drama unfolded in Massachusetts and ended in Hartford.

The Hartford Police Department earlier on Wednesday were contacted by the Massachusetts State Police to help them locate a husband and wife (the husband being a wanted fugitive from justice) who had their 20 year old special needs child with them, police said.

Patrick Gaffey

Patrick Gaffey

Patrick Gaffey,  45, of 192 Daniels Road North Adams MA, was charged by Hartford Police with larceny third degree larceny, taking without owner permission, possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics 1500 feet of school. He was also charged with Fugitive From Justice for an outstanding warrant from North Adams, MA relating to breaking and entering a building with intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property, and larceny.

His wife Debra Gaffey, 41, of 192 Daniels Road North Adams, MA, was also charged with possession of narcotics, and possession of narcotics within 1500 feet of school.

Police said that at about  2 p.m. on Wednesday the fugitives were located by HPD patrol officers and detectives near 10 Campfield Ave.

According to MSP, the couple was suicidal and that they were intent on doing harm to their child. However, the child was found to be unharmed, police said.

The couple allegedly stole the van they used and were found in possession of heroin, police said. The couple was taken into custody without incident.


The  child was taken to Hartford Hospital for evaluation. Massachusetts Children and Families were contacted and are arranging for care for him.

Police said this is an ongoing investigation.

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