PLAINVILLE - An Ansonia man has pleaded not guilty to a felony robbery charge and two misdemeanors after he allegedly threatened two store employees during a shoplifting gone bad.
Rafael Guadalupe-Feliciano, 40, is seeking treatment through a JRI (jail re-interview) referral, his attorney, Alfonzo Sirica, said Thursday in Bristol Superior Court. Sirica said the referral is pending, while his client waits for slot to open up. JRI referrals act as a pretrial release plan to get a defendant treatment.
During the hearing Thursday, Guadalupe-Feliciano, who is being held on $50,000 bond, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree robbery, fifth-degree larceny and possession of illegal possession of heroin. His case was continued to Feb. 28.
According to police, Guadalupe-Feliciano went to Kohl’s on Dec. 26 to steal merchandise so he and a friend could buy heroin. He took a pair of jeans, boots and a drone and walked past the cash registers, leaving the store without paying, police said.
Once outside, two loss prevention employees confronted Guadalupe-Feliciano, who allegedly warned them to get away, saying he had a knife while he reached into his pocket, according to police. He later told police he didn’t actually have a knife on him, and that he only said that so he would be left alone.
Guadalupe-Feliciano was later arrested after the owner of the vehicle he was using turned him in to police.
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