Milford police arrest New Haven man suspected in March armed robbery

MILFORD — The suspect in an alleged March armed robbery in the parking lot of the Sikorsky Federal Credit Union has been arrested, according to Milford police.

A report of an armed robbery at the credit union, located at 15 Turnpike Square, was received at about 1 p.m. March 1, according to police.

A female victim and a juvenile were entering a vehicle after leaving the credit union when a dark SUV pulled up, police said. A male, later identified by police as Douglas Hutchings, 49, of New Haven, got out of the car and allegedly demanded the female give him her purse or he would harm the juvenile, police said.

The female put the juvenile in the vehicle, then turned to face Hutchings, police said. When Hutchings displayed a handgun, she began screaming and he allegedly struck her in the face, then reached inside the vehicle to take her purse, police said. He then fled in the SUV, police said.

Officers used the tracking feature on the victim’s cell phone, which was still inside the purse, to locate the SUV in New Haven. Police identified Hutchings as a suspect in the incident. Hutchings is on parole on federal charges for a bank robbery conviction, police said.

East Haven police and the U.S. Marshal’s Office located Hutchings while executing a search warrant in East Haven, Milford police said. He was then turned over to Milford police and a federal judge has issued a warrant and detainer for him. Police said he is being held in lieu of $350,000 bail.

Hutchings is charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and reckless driving, police said.