PLAINVILLE - Police are looking for an Ansonia man who pleaded guilty in a shoplifting turned robbery and absconded from a program that could have kept him out of jail.
Rafael Guadalupe-Feliciano, 40, is wanted for failure to appear in court, as he was supposed to report to Bristol Superior Court if he left a drug treatment program before he was successfully discharged. He will be held on $50,000 bond once he is found, a judge ordered.
He was released from custody on April 4 after accepting a plea bargain that exposes him to as many as two years in prison.
Had he done well in treatment, Guadalupe-Feliciano could have avoided further jail time and earned a suspended sentence. He has pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree threatening, fifth-degree larceny and possession of a controlled substance or cannabis. Part of the plea deal included prosecutors dropping a charge of first-degree robbery.
According to police, Guadalupe-Feliciano went to Kohl’s on Dec. 26 to steal merchandise so he and a friend could buy heroin. He said 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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