SOUTHINGTON - Police are looking for the man who robbed a bank and then stole a car with a woman and two children inside Sunday afternoon.
The three were released unharmed in a commuter lot off Interstate 84, near the Waterbury-Cheshire line, shortly after the car was taken, police said.
Police responded to the People’s Bank branch inside Super Stop & Shop at 505 N. Main St. around 1:15 p.m., on a report that a man had handed the bank teller a note demanding money. He was seen leaving the scene in a red minivan driven by a second suspect.
Officers spotted the minivan heading north on Route 10, where it made a U-turn, hitting another car, then was stopped by a flat tire near the Shell station at 212 Main St. Police caught one of the two suspects, who left the vehicle.
The other suspect, identified only as a white male, got into a white Jeep Cherokee, with the Connecticut license plate AJ13246, with a woman and two children, ages 6 and, 3 inside, before the woman’s husband could reach the car.
The fleeing suspect released the victims shortly after, according to police, who are asking for the public’s help in locating the second suspect and the stolen Jeep.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Southington police at 860-378-1600.