Suspect in Mansfield Bank Robbery Told Police He Uses 100 Bags of Heroin a Day

A 42-year-old Willimantic man charged in connection with a bank robbery in Mansfield in May has been arrested and told police he had a drug habit and was using about 100 bags of heroin a day, according to the arrest warrant application.

State troopers responded to the TD Bank North at 95 Storrs Road, inside Eastbrook Mall, at 4:37 p.m. May 24 after a man wearing a baseball hat, glasses and a sweatshirt demanded money from the teller, police said.

He passed a note to the teller that said, "give me the money in the drawer. This is not a joke!!! Do it now," according to police. 

After getting $6,370, the man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and got into a light-colored, smaller-sized pickup and fled in an unknown direction, police said.

Police said they located the suspect, 42-year-old Mervin Bundy, of Willimantic, after a UConn police officer saw a vehicle matching the description from the robbery and alerted authorities on what direction it was going.

Police said they also obtained a cigarette Bundy stomped out at the scene, which was hit for Bundy.

Police said they found the vehicle parked at the Hawthorn Suites hotel in Manchester and apprehended Bundy when he tried to flee.

Bundy had cash and narcotics and was under the influence, according to police, and was taken to the hospital to be evaluated for a medical issue.

Bundy was initially charged with operating a vehicle when the registration or license is suspended or revoked, reckless driving, operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a narcotic.

On June 5, he told police he did rob the bank, then went to Hartford to buy heroin and cocaine, according to the arrest warrant application.

He has since been charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree larceny. 

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