Accused Bank Robbers Have Checkered Pasts

The two men police said are behind the armed robbery of a Bristol bank Tuesday, a kidnapping and the lockdown of four Farmington schools, have huge police records, according to court records. Now they have huge bonds. 

Police arrested Richard Gordon, 32, and Brendan McGarrett, 43, Tuesday during a daylong investigation.

The two Massachusetts men robbed the Webster Bank at 150 Main St. in Bristol Tuesday morning and took off with thousands of dollars, police said.

FBI agents and Northampton police raided a Northampton house Thursday night in connection with the arrest, according to WWLP.

They escaped in a white van, and fled down Route 6 toward Reservoir Road in Farmington, police said. The getaway became more harrowing when McGarrett fired shots at police, according to police.

The first shots were fired at a Bristol police officer at Colt Highway near Scott Swamp, Farmington police said. Then shots were fired at a Farmington cop on Reservoir Road near Diamond Glen. No one was hurt.

The men left the van near St. James Church on Mountain Road, police said, and the pursuit continued.
Because the action moved closer to the schools; East Farms School, Noah Wallace School, Irving A. Robbins Middle School and the prestigious Miss Porter's School were locked down.

Police nabbed McGarrett in a home on Hilltop Road in Farmington Tuesday afternoon.

He had pulled a gun on the woman who lived at the home, demanded fresh clothes and took her into the bathroom to hide, according to police and several news reports.

It was in the bathroom that police arrested him. 

"I was in the garage and he came through the woods and as soon as he saw me he pulled out his gun," Marieanne Schadler said.

McGarrett demanded her car, money and her cell phone before police came and arrested him, police said.

Police arrested Gordon just after 9:30 p.m. in Farmington on Tuesday night.

"Through the investigation, we learned potentially that the suspect was from Massachusetts, so being from the area, we thought he would come out of the woods at some time," said Farmington Police Chief Paul Melanson.

Both men appeared before a judge Wednesday.
Gordon is being held on a $250,000 bond and has 44 prior arrests, according to court documents.

McGarrett, who police said is a convicted felon, is being held on $3 million bond. His bond was increased from $2.5 million. He has an extensive criminal history, according to court records. 

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