Hartford man held in New Britain smoke shop stickup

Published on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:11
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN - A Hartford man was arrested in connection with an armed robbery attempt at a downtown business after allegedly running from police.

Stephon Marhsall, 21, of Allendale Road, went into Jimmy’s Smoke Shop, 64 W. Main Street, around 9 p.m. Sunday and pointed what appeared to be a mini-Glock at the chest of the store manager, a police report said the manager told police.

The manager put his arms up and Marshall then asked “Where the money at?” the manager told police. The manager then opened the lottery register for Marshall, who took around $400. The manager then opened a second register for Marshall, who took the rest of the money and told the manager to go to the bathroom.

The manager complied and Marshall then tried to enter the bathroom, but the manager forced the door shut, the report said. The manager called 911 from the bathroom and Marshall left the shop without further incident.

Police got a description of Marshall and later found him on West Bank Street, the report said. They shined a light on him and he took off behind the Red Roof Inn toward Herald Square.

Police chased him throughout that area before he stopped in the CVS parking lot and was arrested after he complied with verbal commands from an officer, who had his weapon drawn at Marshal, the report continued. The gun Marshall had was found to be a BB gun. He was carrying $367 in cash, police said.

Marshall told police he has schizophrenia and has not been taking medication that he is supposed to for many months, the report said. The government told him to get money and a vehicle and that no one could see him, he told police. He admitted to taking money from the shop.

Marshall is charged with first-degree robbery, interfering with police, second-degree breach of peace, sixth-degree larceny and illegal use of a facsimile firearm. He is due in New Britain Superior Court on Jan. 27 and was ordered held on $175,000 bond.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:11. Updated: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:13.