NEW BRITAIN - A New Britain Herald employee ran for her life after a man attempted to rob her at gunpoint in downtown New Britain Friday afternoon.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. on Court Street, according to the employee, whose identity is being withheld because she is the victim of a crime.
The employee had just finished getting lunch from Mofongo when she was walking back to her car that was parked in a lot across from the entrance of 1 Court St., she said.
The employee had headphones in and was texting when she heard somebody yell at her. She thought the yeller was hitting on her. She ignored it, and kept walking; she then heard the yelling again. This time the yelling was followed by the feeling of something pressed against her back.
The employee said she then turned around and heard the man say with a Spanish accent, “Give me all of your money.”
The employee saw a thin Hispanic she thought had to be over the age of 60 and standing around 5 feet 7 inches, who had facial hair. She stated she was confused and responded by saying, “Excuse me, what?”
That’s when the man looked down toward his gun, causing her to look down also. She saw a black handgun that looked like a Glock and realized the man was not joking.
The employee then took off running toward her car in the parking lot, she said.
Her shoes flew off as she ran, looking back over her shoulder to see if the man was chasing her. He was not chasing her, but instead riding off on a black mountain bike.
The employee got to her car and immediately went to the police station to report the incident.
The employee was not injured during the incident. No other significant identifying information on the man was noticeable, the employee said.
“It was very scary,” she said. “I’ve never dealt with anything like this before and didn’t know how to act. Running was my first instinct and thank god for getting me out of that situation. I thought this would never happen to me.”
The employee added she normally is alert about her surroundings. But this one time when she was dressed professionally for work and looking at her texts is when this happened. The employee had her purse, phone and some cash with her when the robbery attempt happened.
“Thankfully he was old,” the employee said of the suspect, adding she was not going to give up anything to him. If the suspect was younger there may have been more of a fight or shots fired at her, she said.
The man probably acted aggressively toward her, a woman by herself, because of the gun he had, she said. Seeing her run probably signaled the robbery attempt was a failure to him so that’s why he took off, the employee added.
Police Chief Chris Chute said police are investigating the matter. No further information from police was available. The employee said police told her they will be going to TD Bank, which was in the area of the incident, to pull video surveillance footage and then contact her again to try and identify the suspect.
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