Masked Men With Machetes Accused in Robbery Spree | NBC Connecticut

Masked Men With Machetes Accused in Robbery Spree

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    Two East Hartford men suspected in at least six armed robberies at 7-Eleven convenience stores were arrested on Friday morning after yet another robbery.

    Police identified David Williams-Saucier, 53, and Denny Burns, 35, as suspects in at least one previous robbery and were trailing them when the 7-Eleven on Boston Turnpike was robbed at about 4:30 a.m. on Friday.

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    When police found them, they were masked, wearing dark clothing and armed with machetes and two knives, police said.

    Williams-Saucier was arrested at the scene, but Burns ran, triggering a three-hour manhunt that involved police from Vernon, Manchester, Newington, Windsor Locks, South Windsor and Wethersfield, as well as the state police canine unit and a state police helicopter.

    Burns was apprehended around 7:30 a.m. as he walking along Center Road in Vernon.

    Police said they recovered the knives and at least one “machete-like” sword at the scene, as well as items that were taken during the robbery.

    Both men are suspected in at least six other similar incidents.

    Burns and William-Saucier each have a long criminal history, investigators said.

    Williams-Saucier was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal attempt to commit assault, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, possession of a dangerous weapon, first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree conspiracy to larceny and interfering with police.

    Burns was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and interfering with police.

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