2 Connecticut troopers charged with kidnapping, assault

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Two Connecticut state troopers have been arrested and charged with beating a man in Wethersfield while off-duty.

Wethersfield police say Xavier Cruz turned himself in Monday night and Rupert Laird surrendered Tuesday. They’re charged with first-degree kidnapping with a firearm, second-degree assault with a firearm and deprivation of rights by force or threat.

Police were alerted to the alleged assault on Feb. 18 by a nurse at a hospital where the man was treated. Details of the incident haven’t been released.

State police have suspended Cruz and Laird. Cruz was assigned to Troop K in Colchester and Laird to Troop C in Tolland.

Cruz posted $750,000 bail and Laird is detained on the same bail amount. It wasn’t immediately clear if they have lawyers who could respond to the allegations.

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