Two men are accused of robbing a grocery store in New Haven with a BB gun and a handgun Thursday night.
An armed robbery was reported at the Mi Favorita Grocery on Liberty Street around 10:30 p.m.
According to police, 29-year-old Alberto Romero, of New York, and 36-year-old Simon Valentin-Quinones, of New Haven, entered the store and demanded money from the clerk.
The clerk was taken to the back of the store where Valentin-Quinones and Romero took "his personal items and money from the cash register," police said.
Police said one of the two clerks at the store was hit from behind and he fell to the ground.
After the robbery, the suspects fled the store and a short time later, Valentin-Quinones was spotted running in the area of Carlisle and Liberty streets for a robbery around 10:45 p.m.
Valentin-Quinones, who was wearing a bandana and gloves, was arrested after a short police chase.
While arresting Valentin-Quinones, officers observed Romero running past them, police said. After a short foot pursuit, Romero gave himself up.
After the arrests were made, a black C11 .177-caliber (4.5 mm) BB gun along with one of the clerk's cell phone and wallet were recovered.
A search with the New Haven K-9 was conducted in the surrounding area. A stolen, long-barreled pistol was found in the backyard of residence.
Valentin-Quinones, who has a long criminal history, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of a stolen gun, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and conspiracy charges.
Romero was charged with possession of a facsimile firearm, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and conspiracy charges.
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