Man Charged With Armed Purse Snatching Outside Newington Walmart

Police have arrested a man accused of committing an armed purse snatching in the parking lot of Walmart in Newington on Sunday evening. 

The victim told police she had just finished shopping at the Walmart at 3164 Berlin Turnpike just before 7 p.m. and was walking to her car with another woman and a boy when a man approached her, pointed a gun at her and demanded she turn over her purse. 

The victim gave the robber her purse and he ran, police said. No one was hurt.

A state police K-9 team was brought in and the trail led to the Grantmoor Motor Lodge at 3000 Berlin Turnpike in Newington, where police found Luis Alicea-Rodriguez, 20.

Police said he lived at the motel and officers recovered the weapon and all of the victim’s belongings.

Alicea-Rodriguez was charged with robbery in the first degree, larceny in the sixth degree, risk of injury to a minor, breach of peace and brandishing a facsimile firearm. 

He was detained on a $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at GA 15 in New Britain on September 30.

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