NEW BRITAIN - A man suspected of attempting to rob a New Britain Herald employee in downtown New Britain Friday afternoon was arrested Saturday.
Secundino Velazquez, 49, of Richard Street, was arrested after New Britain police received information that led detectives to him.
Police thanked the media and the public for their help in the arrest.
According to the Herald employee, whose identity is being withheld to protect her as a victim, she was getting food from the Mofongo restaurant and walking back to her car on Court Street, which is less than a mile from City Hall and the police station, around 1 p.m. Friday.
When she turned the corner from Main Street to Court Street, a man on a bicycle pressed a gun against her back and asked for money. The employee ran and was able to make it to her car uninjured without giving anything up and without any shots fired at her as the man rode away on the bike.
Police were notified immediately after the robbery attempt and began investigating. They released a photo of the suspect from surveillance footage from the area Saturday morning, asking the public for information.
Velazquez is charged with first-degree criminal attempt to commit robbery and second-degree criminal attempt to commit larceny. He is being held on $500,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned today.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.