MERIDEN — A local man faces charges after police said he threatened a Best Buy employee with a syringe and stole a speaker set from the store.
Wilson Echevarria-Mercado, 33, of 126 Willow St., was charged by warrant on Tuesday with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny and second-degree breach of peace.
On Sept. 8, 2018, staff at Best Buy, 470 Lewis Ave., reported that a man, later identified as Echevarria-Mercado, concealed various items in his pants and shirt and became hostile when confronted by employees, according to an arrest warrant.
Minutes later Echevarria-Mercado grabbed a set of portable speakers and walked past the registers toward the exit without paying, the warrant said. When confronted, Echevarria-Mercado pulled out a syringe and threatened to stab an employee. He then fled the store with the speaker set, valued at about $150.
Police obtained security video and identified Echevarria-Mercado.
Echevarria-Mercado was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. Bond was set at $500 and he is due back in court on Jan. 24.
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