Hartford police arrested a suspected bank robber and the person driving a stolen car he was in Monday after they abandoned the car and fled police on foot.
Eric Jimenez, 35, of Hartford is facing charges in a robbery at the People's Bank at 290 Franklin Avenue and Carlos Salgado, 47, of Hartford, was also arrested following a police chase.
Police say they responded to a hold up alarm at the People’s United Bank located at 290 Franklin Avenue around 11:15 a.m. Employees reported that the suspect handed a teller two notes. The first said “I have a gun, quiet” and the second one read “I have a gun and a bomb, give me money.”
The teller complied and handed the suspect money from her drawer. The suspect then shoved the money into his pant pocket and fled the bank in an unknown direction.
The suspect made off with $3,160 worth of U.S. currency. No injuries were reported. Police seized one of the hold up notes the suspect left behind as evidence.
Police identified Jimenez as a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant. As they were trying to locate him on Monday, Wethersfield police were simultaneously investigating a bank robbery in their town that had a similar suspect description. Wethersfield police was in communication with Hartford police when the suspect vehicle, a 2003 Cadillac CTS, was spotted.
Hartford police, U.S. Marshal Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, Hartford Shooting Task Force and Hartford patrol and community service officers tried to stop the car. They chased the vehicle briefly and then the suspects stopped abruptly and ran from the car, police said.
Hartford police apprehended both suspects in the area of Capitol Avenue and Laurel Street. The vehicle turned out to be stolen from East Hartford, police said.
Officers charged Jimenez with first-degree robbery and third-degree larceny and Salgado with third-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover, engaging police in a pursuit, interfering with police, reckless driving and third-degree criminal mischief.
Anyone with information or who recognizes the man in the photo above should contact Sgt. Rivera in the Hartford police major crimes division at (860) 757 4316.