Suspects Charged in Bank Robbery

Two men accused of an armed robbery of a Bristol bank last week that police said led to a shots being fired at police, a kidnapping and the lockdown of four Farmington schools have officially been charged.

Police arrested Richard Gordon, 32, and Brendan McGarrett, 43, last week. Tuesday, police added larceny, conspiracy and robbery charges to Gordon’s list. He had already been charged with interfering with a police officer.

Police also served McGarrett with an arrest warrant and charged him with first-degree robbery, first-degree larceny, first-degree conspiracy at robbery and first-degree conspiracy at larceny. He is being  held on a $2 million dollar bond.  

The two Massachusetts men are accused of robbing the Webster Bank at 150 Main St. in Bristol and taking off with thousands of dollars, police said.

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. No one was hurt.

McGarrett also entered a home on Hilltop Road in Farmington, 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.

Gordon had 44 prior arrests and McGarrett is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history, according to court records.

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