Stephania Jimenez and Thomas Kienzler
A New Britain man accused of following an elderly Wethersfield woman home from a supermarket, then robbing her at gunpoint in her garage has been arrested. Local shoppers say they're relieved an arrest has been made; detectives are trying to figure out whether the suspect has been involved in other similar crimes.
Wethersfield Police have charged a New Britain man accused of robbing an elderly woman and following her home from a Stop & Shop this summer.
The woman called 911 on June 22 to report she had been robbed by a man who followed her from the grocery store on Town Line Road in Rocky Hill to her home on Pine Lane in Wethersfield.
The man held the woman at gunpoint in her garage when she got out of her car and stole cash and her debit card.
On Wednesday, police arrested Eugene Edwards, 50, and charged him with home invasion, first-degree robbery, third-degree assault on an elderly person and fourth-degree larceny.
The victim told police Edwards was driving a white Chrysler 300 with Connecticut plates. A surveillance camera captured the car in the Stop & Shop parking lot and Wethersfield police located the car in New Britain, leading to Edwards' arrest.
The incident in Wethersfield was similar to two others that occurred in Berlin and New Britain around the same time.
Police from all three departments were working together to solve the crimes. Police have not said if Edwards is a suspect in the other robberies.
Edwards appeared in court Thursday and was held on $250,000 bond.