Before stealing another man’s car late Monday night, a New London man used a pillow to hit the victim over and over again, according to police.
Police began investigating Richard Parker Jr., 36, of New London, just before 11:30 p.m. on Monday when they received a complaint from a Bragaw Street residence of a domestic dispute, police said.
The person who called police said he and Parker got into a verbal dispute over Parker using the victim’s car.
Then, Parker hit the victim with a pillow several times, reached into the victim’s pants pockets, took the car keys and cash and fled in the victim’s 2002 Toyota Camry, police said.
Police could not find Parker upon the original investigation.
Then, at 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, police went back to the residence to check on the victim and saw his car parked across the street.
A man who fit Parker’s description was in the driver’s seat, police said.
Police said Parker appeared to be under the influence of an “unknown intoxicant” and officers found suspected illegal narcotics in the vehicle.
Parker was charged with disorderly conduct, robbery in the third degree, larceny in sixth degree, possession of hallucinogens, interfering with a police officer, interfering with a 911 call, operating a motor vehicle while license is suspended and operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs.