SOUTHINGTON -- A New Britain man charged in a violent robbery in Southington will have his case heard before a higher court.
Karon Grimes, 19, of 29 Liberty St., New Britain, appeared Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court, where his case was transferred to the Part A docket - which handles the most serious crimes.
The case will remain in New Britain Superior Court, as the courthouse is equipped to handle both Part A and Part B matters. Grimes is scheduled to be arraigned before a judge in Part A court on Jan. 6.
The 19-year-old, who is free on $350,000 bond, faces charges of first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. During two appearances in Part B court, he did not enter a plea to those charges, judicial records indicate.
According to police, the two victims in the robbery attended a party on Aug. 21 on Mark Drive, where they only stayed for a few minutes before leaving and walking back to their vehicle. As they did, according to police, a man in a nearby parked car asked if they wanted to smoke and called to one of the victims by name. The victim recognized him as a childhood friend, and the males greeted each other.
According to police, the victim said he then opened his car trunk and suddenly found himself with a pistol pointed toward his face.
“Give me your [expletive], I’m gonna cap you. I’m gonna [expletive] kill you,” one of the suspects said.
The victims said they turned over shoes, a watch, an iPhone, a satchel, a wallet, credit and debit cards and cash. The second victim said he was pistol whipped by one of the suspects before they left the area in a vehicle, according to police.
Officers were called to the area around 11:40 p.m.
Police said the victims were able to identify Grimes as one of the suspects. The other suspect was also identified, but he had been killed in an unrelated shooting in October in another town.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.