Woman Accused of Robbing, Threatening to Shoot 81-Year-Old Victim

State police have arrested a woman accused of threatening to shoot an 81-year-old woman and stealing her purse in Killingly last month.

Danielson resident Bethany Kuuttila, 29, is accused of robbing the woman after the victim agreed to give her a ride.

Police said they responded to the parking lot of the Bank of America on Main Street in Killingly just after 8:30 p.m. on June 13 after receiving 911 calls and the 81-year-old woman told them said she had been at the Big Y in Killingly when another woman approached her and asked for a ride to Reynold Street in Danielson.

The victim agreed to give the woman a ride and drove her to the Bank of America parking lot. When they arrived, the woman demanded the victim’s purse and threatened to shoot her with the gun she had if the elderly woman did not hand the bag over, according to police.

The victim said she said no, screamed for help and the woman struggled with her, took the purse and fled, police said. The victim was not injured in the incident.

Investigators initially received a tip identifying Kuuttila as a suspect. Her identity was confirmed through further investigation and surveillance photos, according to police.

Kuuttila was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree threatening, breach of peace and second-degree larceny. 

Kuuttila has a criminal history and was described as "unpredictable" by her probation officer.

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