MERIDEN — Two city residents charged in an armed robbery and stabbing Tuesday night were apprehended in Hartford after a Meriden police detective noticed an SUV matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle.
Angel Rodriguez, 48, and Keishla Garcia-Hernandez, 27, both of 148 Hobart St., were taken into custody by police Tuesday night.
Rodriguez was charged with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, carrying a dangerous weapon, brandishing a facsimile firearm, weapon in a motor vehicle, breach of peace, first-degree threatening, interfering with police, conspiracy, two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of risk of injury to a minor.
Garcia-Hernandez was charged with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, two counts of first-degree assault, conspiracy, possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.
Police responded to Tachuelas Grocery Store, 251 W. Main St. around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday and found a mother and daughter, ages 60 and 29, outside the store with stab wounds, said police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay.
The daughter had a wound to her arm that was serious, but not life threatening, and the mother had a serious injury to her face.
Security video showed a man and woman, later identified as Rodriguez and Garcia-Hernandez, enter the store and approach the mother and daughter brandishing a knife and firearm.
Rodriguez walked behind the counter while pointing the gun at one of the women. When he attempted to take the cash register one of the women fought back and Garcia-Hernandez attempted to stab her, according to a police report.
Rodriguez and Garcia-Hernandez fled before police arrived. Police obtained descriptions of the suspects and an SUV, a gold Jeep with a black hood, the report said. A Meriden detective, in Hartford on an unrelated matter, recognized the descriptions of the suspects and recalled the SUV parked on Broad Street in Hartford.
Police went to Broad Street and found Rodriguez and Garcia-Hernandez, who were wearing the same clothing as seen in security video, the report said. They were taken into custody with assistance from Hartford police, McKay said. Authorities seized a knife, BB gun and $247.
Tachuelas Grocery Store was closed Wednesday.
Rodriguez and Garcia-Hernandez were arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. Bond was set at $1 million each and the cases were transferred to New Haven Superior Court, where they are both scheduled to appear on Aug. 7.