Hartford man charged in attempted robbery at Southington gas station

Hartford man charged in attempted robbery at Southington gas station


SOUTHINGTON — A Hartford man faces charges in an attempted armed robbery at the Exxon gas station on Queen Street in April.

Dallas Bailey, 36, of 207 Vine St., Hartford, was charged by warrant Thursday with attempted first-degree robbery and first-degree threatening.

About 1 a.m. on April 23, police responded to 682 Queen St., the Exxon gas station, for a report of an attempted robbery, Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said.

A man entered the gas station store between 12:50 a.m. and 1 a.m. and ordered gas and cigarettes, Dobratz said. When the clerk put the cigarettes on the counter, the suspect, later identified as Bailey, demanded money from the register, Dobratz said.

The clerk refused and the man “made a movement with his hand to emphasize that he had a gun,” Dobratz said.

He fled after seeing another vehicle pull into the gas station. The clerk followed him out of the store and saw him get into a white Nissan Altima, Dobratz said. A woman was pumping gas into the car at the time and got into the passenger side. The car then fled the area, Dobratz said.

A short time later police found the vehicle abandoned in Hartford, Dobratz said. Police had not identified the woman as of Friday, Dobratz noted. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. J. Lopa at 860-378-1644 or jlopa@southingtonpolice.org

Bailey was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Thursday and was held on $250,000 bond. He is due back in court on Aug. 24.

— Lauren Sievert

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