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Father and son arrested in Vernon bank robbery case

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Jeffrey Wright. (Vernon police photo) Jeffrey Wright. (Vernon police photo)

A father-son duo was arrested in connection with a supermarket bank robbery in Vernon.

Police said Jeffrey Wright, 45, of Rockville, and his father, 69-year-old Charles Wright both face charges for the robbery of the People's United Bank inside the Stop & Shop on Windsorville Road.

An emergency call was first placed just after 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The caller told police that a lone male entered the bank with a handgun and demanded money. He then fled in a waiting vehicle with an unknown amount of cash.

Police said an eyewitness was able to provide a license plate number and a suspect description.

As a result they were able to see that the vehicle was registered to Charles Wright.

As officers arrived at Charles Wright's apartment on Elm Street, Jeffrey Wright came out.

When he realized who had come, police said Jeffrey Wright went back inside and shut the door.

Jeffrey Wright eventually opened the door, but backed away from the officers. He was able to flee on foot through Rockville.

Police said he ran to a local pharmacy where he demanded vehicle keys from employees. When no one listened to him, police said he punched an employee.

Jeffrey Wright tried to flee again, but was taken into custody.

Acting on a search warrant, police said they were able to find a large amount of money, the clothing consistent with the robbery suspect's description and a .380 handgun inside the suspect's apartment.

Jeffrey Wright was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of third-degree larceny, two counts of second-degree threatening, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, interfering with police and third-degree assault.

He was held over the weekend on a $500,000 bond and faced a judge on Monday.

Charles Wright was charged with first-degree criminal liability robbery. He posted a $5,000 bond and also appeared in court on Monday.

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