Southington police investigating bank robbery, carjacking

Southington police investigating bank robbery, carjacking


SOUTHINGTON — One man has been arrested and another is at large after a robbery and carjacking occurred at the People’s Bank and Shell gas station on Route 10 on Sunday afternoon.

Around 1:15 p.m., police were called to the People’s Bank inside Stop & Shop, 505 N. Main St., after one of the men handed a note to the bank attendant demanding money, according to Lt. Steve Elliott.

The man then got into a red minivan driven by the second suspect.

As they made their way north on Route 10 they were seen by a Southington police officer passing Walmart, 235 Queen St.

After seeing the police, the driver made a U-turn, hit another vehicle and kept driving south on Route 10.

The minivan had a flat tire passing Stop & Shop and stopped in front of the Shell gas station at 212 Main St., according to Elliott. The two suspects got out of the minivan. The man who robbed the bank was apprehended by police while the other suspect got into a white Jeep Cherokee that was being gassed. Inside the Jeep were a woman and her two grandchildren, ages 6 and 3. The man drove the Jeep toward I-84. He let the woman and her two grandchildren out at the commuter lot by exit 26 of I-84 on the Cheshire-Waterbury line.

The family has been reunited and no one was injured, Elliott said.

The second suspect, seen driving toward Waterbury is still at large, police said. 203-317-2235 Twitter: @PetePaguaga

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