A Torrington man is facing charges after he pistol whipped and robbed a woman, then told police he had been the victim, authorities said.
Maurice Rosado, 19, was arrested late Monday night following a robbery and manhunt through Torrington. The 40-year-old victim told police she drove to the area of Nutmeg Drive and Moore Drive to buy marijuana from Rosado, whom she had never met.
As she pulled up, Rosado got into the passenger’s seat, pointed a pistol at her and demanded money. The victim tried to drive off, at which point Rosado put the gun into her mouth and proceeded to pistol whip her face and head. Police said the victim tried to grab the pistol, thinking it was a BB gun, and lost control of the car, slamming into a mailbox outside 90 Nutmeg Drive.
Rosado took an unidentified amount of cash from the victim and fled, police said. The victim pursued him and two engaged in a brief struggle before Rosado got away.
Torrington police and state police launched a manhunt for Rosado, bringing in K-9 units to track him down. During the manhunt, around 11:45 p.m., Rosado called police to report the robbery and claimed that he had been the victim. Police arrived at Rosado’s house to get his side of the story. After interviewing Rosado, the victim and several witnesses, investigators arrested Rosado, according to police.
Rosado was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree unlawful restraint and tampering with physical evidence. He was held at the Torrington Police Department on a $500,000 bond and was arraigned today in Bantam Superior Court.