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Guilty Plea in New Haven Bank Robbery

Police apprehended two people suspected of robbing TD Bank.



    Guilty Plea in New Haven Bank Robbery

    On the afternoon of Thursday, March 8, a man and woman robbed the TD Bank at 466 Foxon Boulevard in New Haven.

    On Aug. 6, Douglas Hutchings, 40, of New Haven, pleaded guilty to robbing the bank, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

    According to court documents and statements made in court,  Hutchings handed the teller a note stating “Please just the money no gets hurt.”

    After the teller gave him $7,444, Hutchings ran out of the bank and entered the driver’s side of a minivan, sped off and engaged New Haven Police officers in a chase that ended when the minivan crashed in the vicinity of Hallock Street and Colombus Avenue in New Haven and burst into flames, according to police and the U.S. Attorney's office.

    Hutchins and the woman, identified as Mariana Nieves, 28, were apprehended within minutes and police said they found a money bag and money in the van.

    Hutchings and Nieves were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where they were under police guard, evaluated and treated for injuries resulting from the crash.

    Sentencing for Hutchings is scheduled for Oct. 29.

    In March, police said they were looking into whether the two suspects are connected with another bank robbery in New Haven the day before the TD Bank robbery.

    A man with a Jamaican accent robbed the Citizens Bank at 430 Forbes Ave. at 12:44 p.m. on Thursday and fled in a gray minivan with two other men.