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South Windsor Police Arrest Suspect in Autoshop Assaults

Nathaniel Chambers, 27, of Meriden, is facing several charges related to the assaults of two men at Forced Induction Motorsports at 51 Edwin Road last week.

South Windsor police today arrested the suspect in an incident at a local auto shop that sent two local men to the hospital last week.

Nathaniel Chambers, 27, of Meriden, was arrested this afternoon at the Veterans Hospital in West Haven, where Chambers had gone seeking treatment for the flu, according to police.

"Once staff learned he was wanted on our arrest warrant, the VA police held him until he was medically released at 1 p.m. today," Sgt. Scott Custer said in an e-mail.

Chambers was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree and conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree.

He is being held on a $250,000 bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

On Saturday evening, a vigil was held for the victims of the attack - Forced Induction Motorsports owner Robert Lareau, 28, of Enfield, and employee Ryan Kelleher, 21, of Windsor.

Both were allegedly beaten with blunt objects at Forced Induction Motorsports last Tuesday. Lareau sustained significant head injuries and was unconscious when emergency personnel arrived at the business located at 51 Edwin Road.

Kelleher, who was allegedly beaten with an unloaded rifle, also sustained injuries to his head and face. He has since been released from the hospital and he attended the vigil Saturday evening, though he declined to be interviewed by Patch.

The investigation is continuing as to the motive and other persons who were present, who were either potential suspects or witnesses.

Megan Bard (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Folks, I understand that this is certainly a emotional issue, but if you post a comment on Patch you must abide by the terms of use. Two comments have been deleted because they contained profanity and masked profanity. Best, Megan
michael a smith January 16, 2013 at 01:12 AM
i agree, thank you
Greeneyedbandit January 16, 2013 at 02:01 AM
megan do you know how to change your profile pic i here? my pic was a complete accident lol and i can't figure out how to fix it.
Megan Bard (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 02:17 AM
@Greeneyedbandit, Email me directly at megan.bard@patch.com and I'll see what I can do to help. Megan
Battle buddy January 16, 2013 at 03:22 AM
I am curious to know what happened to Chambers. He is actually a Chaplain Assistant in the military. I wonder what caused this situation.
Andrew Campbell February 17, 2013 at 05:00 PM
What happened was after deployment in 2009-2010 Nate bought a car (a Mazda rx7) that he took to Forced Induction Motorsports to have the car worked on. The job was paid for up front for what Nate wanted done. The work was only supposed to take around 9-12 months if I remember correctly. Over time the victim Robert Lareau asked for more time with no progress. The last time Nate visited the auto shop Nate decided to stop working with Robert and was removing his belongings from the property. Before leaving Nate and Robert where discussing Nate getting a refund for the work that was not completed. The conversation was calm and professional. The fact this incident happened is shocking but without the testimony from the victim getting the truth from both parties well be difficult.
Melissa Murphy February 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Okay, I'm sorry but people in the military are not "above" things like this...and regardless of the conversation being "calm and professional" SOMETHING happened and this man felt justified in bringing THREE other men along for the ride...which resulted in two other men being so badly beaten that they spent time in the hospital, in a coma-and I hear one ended up in a nursing home. I don't care how much money you're "owed" doing something like this can not be justified or rationalized. There are ways, LEGAL WAYS, to go about things. Everyone knows the saying, "there are two sides to every story"---actually in this case SEVEN-all the people involved and the truth. No matter what the truth may be the FACTS are, these two men got beat, perhaps almost to death, could have gotten shot according to recent stories, and that is not the way to go about things. Has anyone thought about the fact that this guy brought THREE men with him for a reason? As far as I'm concerned, he seemed to have this planned-as "calm and professional" as the conversation may have been. But again, there are seven sides to this story.........

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