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Man charged with murder after deadly confrontation at East Hartford pharmacy

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Anthony Henry. (East Hartford police photo) Anthony Henry. (East Hartford police photo)
EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A deadly confrontation at a pharmacy in East Hartford led to a man being arrested twice.

Police said they were called to a Walgreens on Connecticut Boulevard on Aug. 3.

They said 24-year-old Anthony Henry and Robert Boulay, 58, were involved in a verbal fight in parking lot of Walgreens.

Once both men made their way inside the Walgreens, the verbal fighting continued, according to court documents. The warrant states an employee tried to calm the 6-foot-four Henry, who reportedly took off his back pack.

Police said Henry, who is 300 pounds, started swaying and punching his palms in a fighting manner before counting down from five and charging Boulay, who weighed 140 pounds, and was a Vietnam veteran.

Boulay was punched in the face and then police said Henry continued to kick Boulay in the chest and stomp his head 17 times while he was on the ground.

Boulay was transported to the hospital.

Police said the entire incident was captured on store surveillance.

There is no movement detectives say from the victim.

Henry told officers Boulay was calling him names.  According to court documents, Henry said "he was getting very upset, then blacked out.

Henry, who is autistic, added he has been bullied his entire life and “did not mean to hurt him."

Police said Henry's mother brought him back to the store shortly after the attack.

"Even if someone taunts someone, nobody has the right to assault anyone else,” East Hartford Police Sgt. Mike Demaine said.  

Henry was arrested on first-degree assault and breach of peace charges. However, Boulay later died from the injuries suffered during the confrontation.

Police said on Monday Henry was arrested again through a warrant and additionally charged with first-degree murder.

The victim lived at this nearby boarding house for more than a decade and kept to himself.  

Anthony’s older sister Lakisha Henry told Eyewitness News her brother is a “giant teddy bear.”

"Anthony Henry is the victim of being bullied. He is autistic and he is not the monster he is being made out to be,” Lakisha Henry said

Henry’s attorney Aaron Romano told Eyewitness News out of respect for the process and his client, he cannot discuss the case at this time.

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