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Armed suspect who ordered Waterbury bar patrons to hand over valuables arrested by police

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Tony Russell-Roberts. (Waterbury police photo) Tony Russell-Roberts. (Waterbury police photo)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Police said they arrested a man who was part of a group that barged into a Waterbury bar and ordered people to hand over their valuables.

Officers said that they arrested convicted felon Tony Russell-Roberts of Waterbury for his role.

They said they were called to the Cave bar on East Main Street on May 26 for a report that several men in ski masks entered the business through the front door. The incident happened just after 11:15 p.m.

Police said one man went to the side of the bar and hopped over it to the bartender.

The rest of the group then pulled out guns and ordered everyone to the ground, officers said.

The suspect who jumped over the bar then grabbed the bartender, according to police, and put a gun to her head. He ordered her to open the register.

However, he didn't take any money.

The rest of the group ordered the 14 people inside the bar to hand over their wallets, phones and anything else in their pockets. Everyone did as they were told and the suspects fled on foot heading west on East Main Street.

Police said a total of $1,210 in cash, several cell phones and a number of credit and debit cards were taken.

Over the course of the investigation, police said they identified Russell-Roberts as one of the suspects.

A search and seizure warrant was executed at his East Main Street apartment. Investigators said they found two fake firearms along with clothing and accessories used during the robbery at the bar.

Russell-Roberts was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping with a firearm, second-degree larceny, second-degree threatening and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Police said he was on probation at the time of the bar robbery. He's been convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and a firearm threat.

He's being held on a $250,000 bond and scheduled to face a judge on Friday.

Police said they anticipated making more arrests.

To see other police arrests from around the state this month, click here.

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