Woman arrested in robbery scam at Newington motel

Published on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 19:35
Written by LISA BACKUS

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NEWINGTON - A Willimantic woman, allegedly involved in a scam aimed at robbing prostitution patrons at a local motel, is facing more kidnapping, larceny and robbery charges.

Ruth Santana, 28, of 157 South St., Willimantic, is accused of participating in two robberies at the Siesta Motel in early March by posing as a prostitute.

In both incidents, Santana had advertised herself on Backpage.com and arranged to meet the men at the motel on the Berlin Turnpike, police said.

Both times, the men wound up being confronted by Jose Colon, 49, of Windham, who held them at knifepoint to get them to turn over money or their ATM cards, police said.

Santana allegedly took a debit card from one of the men, withdrew money and bought gas and groceries while Colon held the man at knifepoint in the motel room, police said.

Colon arrested earlier this year.

Santana faces a dozen counts, including first-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful restraint and first-degree robbery, in the second case. She was previously arrested on similar charges in connection with the first robbery.

She was held on $300,000 bond after arraignment in New Britain Superior Court Tuesday.

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

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 19:35. Updated: Wednesday, 8 August 2018 19:38.