Suspect in one Southington robbery charged with another

Published on Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:19
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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SOUTHINGTON - A Hartford man already accused of robbing a pizza delivery man in Southington has now been charged with robbing a delivery driver from a local Chinese restaurant.

Patrick Brown, 19, brandishing a knife about nine inches long, allegedly pointed the blade at the delivery driver on Jan. 9 at about 7:15 p.m. and told him to hand over all his money outside Motel 6, at 625 Queen St., according to the warrant for his arrest.

The driver, who was not injured, handed over about $400 and the suspect ran off, the document continued.

Brown was charged Thursday with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny in the Jan. 9 incident.

According to police, Brown was first arrested on Jan. 11 after a delivery man said he had been robbed outside Motel 6 while trying to deliver a pizza. He said he had been confronted by a man in the parking lot who had a knife in his hand and demanded all his money. The victim gave him about $273 and some Indian rupees.

Investigators were able to ping the cell phone that was used to make the pizza order, finding that the device was still in the area of Motel 6. They then found Brown in one of the motel rooms with cash, rupees and some crack cocaine. He was arrested there and charged with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny and possession of crack cocaine.

After the Jan. 11 robbery, detectives spoke to Brown while he was in custody. He has been held since.

He admitted to police that he robbed the pizza delivery man and also said he robbed the Chinese delivery driver days earlier, according to the warrant.

After robbing that man, he said, he fled and spent the night somewhere in New Britain.

Brown also told police he needed money and never had any intentions of hurting either of the drivers.

Police wrote a warrant for Brown’s arrest and charged him Friday in the Jan. 9 robbery.

He was arraigned in the afternoon, when his bail was increased by $5,000. He has been held on $250,000 bail since his arrest Jan. 11.

During the hearing, Brown’s case was transferred to New Britain Superior Court, where the most serious matters in the area are prosecuted. He is scheduled to appear there on Feb. 13.

Brown has not entered a plea in either robbery.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:19. Updated: Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:21.