Mother and Daughter Injured During Meriden Robbery, Suspects Arrested

A mother and daughter were injured in a scuffle with two robbers at a Meriden grocery store Tuesday night.

Police said a mother and her adult daughter, who both work at the Tachuelas Grocery store on West Main Street, were injured when two suspects tried to rob the store around 6:50 p.m. The daughter was stabbed in the arm, and the police said her injuries were serious but not life-threatening. The mother suffered an injury to her face.

The suspects fled the scene, and police immediately put out a description of the suspect vehicle. A Meriden detective who had been in Hartford on an unrelated case recognized the description of the vehicle, and the suspects were quickly located in Hartford.

"That vehicle was observed in a particular location in Hartford and coincidentally it’s the exact same vehicle that was brought down here and used in this crime. So our detectives immediately recognized it as a car they had seen earlier in the day which is what led them to go back up to Hartford," explained Meriden Police Sgt. Darrin McKay.

Police said they found the knife used in the stabbing, and a BB gun that investigators believe the suspects showed during the robbery.

The suspects have been identified as 48-year-old Angel Rodriguez and 27-year-old Keishla Garcia-Hernandez, both from Meriden. They were taken into custody with assistance from the Hartford Police Department.

Authorities said Rodriguez is facing charges including robbery, larceny, assault, carrying a dangerous weapon, risk of injury, breach of peace, interfering and threatening. Garcia-Hernandez is facing charges including robbery, larceny, assault, weapon in a motor vehicle and risk of injury charges.

Both suspects were held on a $1 million bond Tuesday night and were in court on Wednesday.

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