New Haven police have made two arrests after a two-month investigation into eight commercial armed robberies in the city.
While responding to an attempted armed robbery at Eddie’s Market, they learned a man had walked in, pushed a customer down on the counter, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the store owner, who was behind the counter, police said.
The store owner pulled out his own gun and shot at the robber.
The robber took off, but was quickly apprehended, police said. The suspect they found, Brandon Mills, 24,had a black backpack containing a Bersa .38-caliber handgun and the store owner identified him as the robber, police said. He was arrested and charged with attempted robbery and several weapons crimes.
But that was just one crime of many police said they linked Mills to.
Police secured additional arrest warrants for Mills, charging him with robberies at Kimbi’s Store, at 35 Kimberly Avenue, on Sept. 25, Redente’s Package Store robbery on Aug. 18, and a robbery on Sept. 8 at Walt’s Package Store, at 451 Columbus Avenue.
The clerk was shot during the robbery at Walt’s and Mills is accused of the shooting.
On Sept. 26, an arrest warrant was served on Thomas Norfleet, 24, charging him with the armed commercial robbery of Redente’s Package Store on Aug. 18. Norfleet was also charged with the armed robberies of Eddie’s Market on Sept 25 and he is accused of being involved in the shooting at Walt’s.
Police also investigated armed robberies at Sam’s Mart, at 14 Kimberly Avenue, on July 28, on Aug. 3, on Aug. 15 and again on Sept. 14, and police said the two men are suspected in these as well.
Bond for Mills was set at $750,000 and the case was transferred to Part A on Nov. 1.