Alleged T-Mobile robber served arrest warrant

Published on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 23:19
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEWINGTON - A man who allegedly tied up two employees and forced a third employee to open a safe at gunpoint during a robbery at a local T-Mobile store in early November was served with an arrest warrant Tuesday.

Demetrius Wilkes, 26, and another man entered the T-Mobile store at 3111 Berlin Turnpike around closing time just after 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 and forced three store clerks to the back of the building, police said. No customers were in the building because the store closed minutes before, police said.

The masked robbers used “zip ties” to restrain two clerks and then made the third clerk open the safe at gunpoint, the victims told police.

The men made off with cash and electronic devices, Sgt. Christopher Perry said at the time.

The circumstances of the incident match other robberies that have occurred in the Hartford area, Perry said.

Wilkes was charged with numerous offenses including three counts of first-degree kidnapping with a firearm, three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, three counts of first-degree threatening, and several counts of robbery, larceny and conspiracy.

Police are still investigating the robbery.

Wilkes was held on $750,000 bond following his arraignment in New Britain Superior Court Thursday.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or .

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 23:19. Updated: Wednesday, 12 April 2017 23:21.