Would-be robbery victim runs over suspect's foot at ATM

Anthony Gambardella. (Branford police photo)

A man suffered foot injuries and faces robbery charges after police said he tried to rob a woman at an ATM in Branford.

Police said Anthony Gambardella, 56, of Branford, was found lying on the pavement in front of the ATM on South Main Street just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Officers responded after the victim dialed 911.

Gambardella complained that his foot had been run over by a woman.

Police learned that the woman had just completed her nightly work deposit at the ATM when Gambardella approached her vehicle at her driver's side and claimed he had a gun.

He ordered the victim to give him money; however, the woman told him that she didn't have any because she just deposited it.

The victim told police that Gambardella reached into his pants and said he'd shoot her.

The suspect then tried to reach into the passenger compartment of the vehicle and grabbed at the steering wheel in an attempt to snag the victim's purse, according to police.

At that point, the victim drove off and called police.

Officers said they were unable to locate a gun.

Gambardella was treated by paramedics and transported to an area medical facility for foot injuries.

Police said they charged him with first-degree robbery, first-degree threatening, breach of peace and criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny.

He's being held on a $250,000 bond.

He was given a court date of Tuesday in New Haven.

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