3rd suspect in Vernon bowling alley robbery nabbed in Newington - WFSB 3 Connecticut

3rd suspect in Vernon bowling alley robbery nabbed in Newington

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The third suspect in the robbery was arrested near an ice cream shop on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington. (WFSB) The third suspect in the robbery was arrested near an ice cream shop on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington. (WFSB)
A third robbery suspect was apprehended on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington on Monday morning. (WFSB) A third robbery suspect was apprehended on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington on Monday morning. (WFSB)
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A bowling alley parking lot robbery in Vernon sparked a police pursuit into Newington late Sunday night.

Two suspects were arrested, but a third eluded capture until Monday morning around 8 a.m.

Joshua Dionne, 19, and 18-year-old Jerris Holloway, both of Hartford, face first-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny, first-degree forgery, possession of marijuana and second-degree threatening charges.

The third suspect, 22-year-old Charles Rivard of East Hartford, was captured on the Berlin Turnpike near Mortensen's Ice Cream. 

He's being held on a $250,000 bond and was charged with first-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny, first-degree forgery, possession of more than 4 ounces of cannabis, second-degree threatening, and first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery.

”I had just watched it before I came to work and I said 'boom they got him,'" said Rod Mortensen, an eyewitness.

Vernon police told Channel 3 a car with three suspects fled from the Spare Time Bowling Alley on Talcottville Road in Vernon. A gun was shown in the business's parking lot just before 11 p.m.

The suspects fled south on Route 83.

They said they put out a "be on the lookout" alert with a description of the vehicle. The vehicle was pursued by state police when they found it in the area of Dobson Road.

"A Connecticut state trooper in Vernon located the vehicle," said Lt. William Meier, Vernon police. "The vehicle then engaged police in a pursuit.” 

The suspects eventually got onto Interstate 84 west at exit 66. Troopers were able to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued to flee.

State police continued the pursuit into Newington where the driver crashed on the Berlin Turnpike near Webster Street.

Two suspects were detained, but the third fled.

"I heard that they were in the far end of Newington, and it’s really not that far away, and I’m sure the suspect just kind of wound his way through the woods and ended up here," Mortensen said.

No injuries were reported in the incident, something for which Mortensen said he's grateful.

"Things can happen anywhere and Newington is usually a pretty quiet town, but having a business and working late or early, you’re always aware of what’s going on around you," he said.

Newington, Wethersfield and Berlin police assisted.

If the suspects fail to post their $250,000 bond, they'll face a judge in Rockville Superior Court on  Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Vernon police at 860-872-9126.

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