Two Farmington armed robbery suspects were arrested after a police pursuit that spanned multiple towns Friday afternoon, according to Farmington police.
Farmington police said they responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Fastrac Sunoco at 989 Farmington Avenue around 3:45 p.m. No injuries were reported. According to police, the suspect left in an awaiting vehicle driven by a second suspect.
Farmington police shared a description of the vehicle with other departments and Avon police spotted it a short time later. Avon pursued the vehicle but ended the pursuit without the suspect vehicle stopping.
Hartford police then spotted the vehicle and pursued until it was eventually stopped on Sigourney Street in Hartford. Both suspects were taken into custody, police said.
Tavish Khan, who owns the Sunoco, said the suspect asked him for three cartons of Newport cigarettes, then threatened him with a gun.
“He grabbed the cigarettes and showed me the gun and he says stay there,” Khan said.
WHen the suspect left, Khan chased after him and took down the car's plate number.
"I wasn’t scared. But I work 12, 14 hours a day. So it was my hard-earned money. I can’t let people rob me like this and run away with the merchandise.”
Khan said he's owned the store for about four years and he's been robbed two or three times before.
The suspects, identified as Jason Thomas, 36, of Hartford and Kenneth McManus, 29, of Ellington, were each charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. They were each held on a $50,000 bond.
Farmington police are currently investigating and Hartford police are assisting. Anyone with information should contact Farmington police at 860-675-2400.