2nd robbery charge for man who brandished a knife at a motel

Published on Friday, 13 July 2018 20:57
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEWINGTON - A Windham man has been charged in a second robbery which involved a victim who showed up to patronize a prostitute.

Jose Colon, 49, of Windham, is accused of pulling a knife out on a second man and robbing him March 7.

This accusation is similar to his charge for a robbery that also occurred that night at a local motel, according to a warrant for his arrest.

Police initially responded to the Siesta Motel on the Berlin Turnpike on March 7 on a report of a robbery.

In that case, Justin Maturo, 23, of Cromwell, showed up at the motel around 7 p.m. to meet a woman, later identified as Ruth Santana, 28, of Willimantic, in an advertisement on Backpage.com, who agreed to commit a sex act for money, the warrant said.

He told officers that he thought she would have sex for free, police reports said.

When Maturo entered the arranged meeting place in a room at the motel, he said a man later identified as Colon showed up, pulled out a pocket knife and demanded that the Maturo turn over his ATM card.

Colon allegedly held Maturo in the motel room at knifepoint while the woman went to an ATM, withdrew money and went grocery shopping at Cumberland Farms, reports said.

When she returned, Colon released Maturo who then called police after the two left.

The next night police took a complaint from a second man who claimed he was also robbed the night before at the Siesta Motel.

Officers quickly realized the circumstances were similar to the robbery they had investigated the night before.

The second victim told police that he also found Santana on Backpage.com and had arranged a meeting at the hotel at 6 p.m. on March 7.

When he arrived, Santana let him into her hotel room and then went into the bathroom, the man said.

Colon then entered the hotel room, pulled out a pocketknife indicating the victim couldn’t leave, the warrant said. Santana then took $300 out of his wallet before he was allowed to go.

Santana and Colon were charged with nearly two dozen counts including first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful restraint, credit card theft, larceny and conspiracy March 7 after police investigated the 7 p.m. robbery.

Colon was served with a second arrest warrant Tuesday charging him with more than a dozen counts including first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree unlawful restraint related to the 6 p.m. robbery.

A New Britain Superior Court judge added $250,000 to his $500,000 bond during his arraignment on the new charges Tuesday.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, Newington on Friday, 13 July 2018 20:57. Updated: Friday, 13 July 2018 21:14.