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Police: Drunk woman gets into payment dispute with limo driver, robs him with handgun

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Melanie Roberts. (Willimantic police photo) Melanie Roberts. (Willimantic police photo)

A woman in Willimantic was arrested after police said she hired a limo driver then confronted him with a  gun when he asked her to pay. 

Police said Melanie Roberts, who lives on Jackson Street, rented a limo bus on Sunday night to take her to New York City for her 50th birthday celebration.

On the way back, the driver prepared to drop Roberts off at her home. However, there was a disagreement over how much money she owed.

Police said the woman took the driver's keys, ran into her house and returned with a loaded 9 mm handgun. She allegedly threatened him and mentioned shooting out his tires. Investigators said Roberts was apparently drunk.

"She goes home grabs a 9 mm pistol comes back across the street advises the driver, 'hey look I'm not paying you anymore money I'm going to shoot the tires out of the limo,'" Willimantic Police Cpl Stan Parizo Jr. said. 

Police said Roberts took his valuables, all of his money from prior clients and his GPS before she eventually left.

The driver, who was not hurt in the incident, said he called police around 12:30 a.m. on Monday.

Police arrived and found Roberts in a Jackson Street parking lot.

"This could have gone sideways very, very quickly again anytime. You're mixing firearms and alcohol. Obviously, emotions were high here,"  Parizo said. 

Eyewitness News went to Roberts' home on Monday morning. There were two people home, but they declined to comment. However, the incident left neighbors worried about their safety. 

"If she did shoot my window is right on the side of the house it could have ricocheted and come right through the house," neighbor Travis Vertefeuille said. "It's pretty scary."

Vertefeuille said she has a 5-year-old and a baby on the way. 

"That's pretty crazy," Vertefeuille said. "I didn't think she would do that.”

She was charged with sixth-degree larceny, second-degree breach of peace, first-degree robbery, second-degree threatening and carrying a firearm under the influence.

Her bond was set at $100,000. Police said she was due in Danielson Superior Court on Monday.

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