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Manchester Police: Fake Pot Sale Turned Into Hit And Run

Police said they arrested a man who ran over another man and sped away after scamming the victim in a curbside deal for bogus marijuana.

Jake Ratches, 18, faces charges that include first-degree assault and evading responsibility. Ratches, identified as homeless, was being held on bail of $250,000 for a court appearance on Nov. 30.

Police were called to North and Golway streets on the evening of Aug. 28 on a reported hit and run. The badly hurt victim was taken to Hartford Hospital.

Investigating Officer Justin Gaudino found that Ratches had sold the victim a bag of cooking spices that Ratches said was marijuana, the warrant said. Ratches was at the wheel of his Honda CRV during the scam and the victim was standing at the passenger side window. After the victim handed over $60, a passenger told him, “I wouldn’t bother smoking that (expletive). It’s fake as (expletive),” the warrant says.

Enraged, the victim tried to reach into the the car and held onto the side as Ratches floored the accelerator, police said. When the man let go, he slipped under the car and Ratches ran him over, police said.

Ratches, who had been living in the Honda, admitted he ran the man over, Gaudino wrote.

“(Ratches) stated he looked in the rearview mirror and observed (the victim) moving on the ground so he didn’t stop,” the warrant says. “(Ratches) said if (the victim) was dead or not moving he would have stopped.”

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