Vernon robbery suspects held after chase ends in Newington

Published on Monday, 12 February 2018 22:10
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEWINGTON -Vernon police are holding three suspects after an armed robbery Sunday night that escalated into a police pursuit ending in Newington.

Vernon police received a 911 call at 10:57 p.m. Sunday reporting a robbery with a handgun at the Spare Time bowling alleys. According to police, three suspects were seen driving away.

A state trooper spotted the car on Route 30 in Vernon and followed it as it entered I-84. The trooper stopped the car, but the driver took off again and drove into Newington by the Berlin Turnpike before crashing. No injuries were reported.

Two men, 19-year-old Joshua Dionne and 18-year-old Jerris Holloway, both of Hartford, were arrested. Both are being held on $250,000 surety bond on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree forgery, fourth-degree larceny, possession of more than a half-ounce of marijuana and threatening, according to Vernon police.

A third suspect, whose name has not been released, fled the scene and was found by Newington police Monday morning with the help of a police dog. Officers from Wethersfield, Newington and Berlin and the state police helped with the search.

All three suspects are set to appear in Rockville Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Officer Villano or Detective Hicking of the Vernon Police Department at 860-872-9126.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Monday, 12 February 2018 22:10. Updated: Monday, 12 February 2018 22:12.