Man Accused of Robbing Newington Game Stop at Gunpoint

An East Hartford man is accused of robbing a GameStop in Newington at gunpoint on Friday morning.

Newington Police said they were called to the scene of an armed robbery at the GameStop on 2997 Berlin Turnpike around 10:30 a.m.

The store employee reported the suspect, who was later identified as 19-year-old Nicholas Velazquez of East Hartford, entered the store and showed a silver handgun.

The employee claimed Velazquez announced he was robbing the store and demanded money, police said. Velazquez then tied the employee face down behind the counter using zip ties.

According to police, Velazquez made off with cash and merchandise.

The employee was able to free himself from the zip ties and exit the store, police said. Once outside he told witnesses to contact police.

After Velazquez left the store, police said he fled north along Berlin Turnpike. He was later found by police hiding in brush just north of the plaza.

Velazquez was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree larceny, and second-degree breach of peace. According to police, he was detained on a $100,000 bond.

He will appear in New Britain Superior Court on March 19.

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