NEW BRITAIN - A New Britain man convicted in connection with a 2015 robbery and car theft spree has been charged with violating his probation again.
Marcus Collins, 31, has denied the most recent violation allegations after previously admitting to the first count of violation of probation.
According to judicial records, the 31-year-old previously had his probation extended to July 2023 following the first violation.
Collins in March 2018 was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and carrying a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to 27 months of imprisonment, with an additional 93 months of potential prison time hanging over his head.
The charges stem from multiple street and hotel robberies reported in 2015.
In one of these robberies, a man agreed to take a 17-year-old girl to a New Britain hotel and was robbed at knifepoint. Four men came into the room he had rented to have sex with the girl when she went into the hallway for a “snack.” One of the men hit the victim in the face while holding a knife, he told police. The robber also held the knife to his head while demanding his money, according to court papers said.
The girl never came back, which led him to believe she was involved in the robbery, according to court documents. The group of suspects took his wallet and car keys and drove off in his car, which was later found in Meriden.
A few days later, a Black Rock Avenue man reported that he was robbed at knifepoint as he was returning home late at night. He said he was approached by three men and a woman and that one of the men pointed a knife at him and threatened to kill him if he didn’t hand over his belongings.
The robbers took his jewelry, iPhone and the keys to his car, he told police. The vehicle was found a few days later in Meriden after it had been involved in an accident with a parked car.
Collins was arrested a few days later, as he and a group of men tried to rob a victim at knifepoint on West Main Street. The victim fought back, allowing police to arrest Collins and two others as they tried to flee, according to court documents.
Collins most recently appeared last week in New Britain Superior Court, where he denied the second probation violation. He is free on $25,000 bond and is due back in court on Nov. 15.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.