Police arrest 3rd suspect in Motel 6 robbery/kidnapping
A third arrest has been made in connection with a kidnapping and robbery at Motel 6 in April, during which the victim was tied up and gagged.
On June 2, Milford police took custody of Edgardo Patron, 39, of 9 Ellis Street, Milford on an active warrant for his arrest.
Patron was charged with home invasion, burglary, robbery, kidnapping with a firearm, criminal use of a firearm. He was held on a $250,000 bond to appear in court June 2.
According to police, the male victim, who had been living at the motel, reported being attacked by four people in his hotel room on April 12.
Milford police previously arrested Jacqueline Stec, 18, of 9 Ellis St., Milford, and charged her with home invasion, burglary, robbery, kidnapping with a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, and larceny in connection with the robbery.
According to court documents, Stec texted the victim, whom she knew, at 2:46 a.m. April 12 and said she wanted to hang out with him because she was “stressing.”
In the text exchange, the victim comforts her and tells her things will get better, and invites her to his room.
The victim told police that when Stec arrived, he let her in and then went into the bathroom. When he came out of the bathroom, three men, at least one with a handgun, assaulted him.
The assailants tied his arms and legs with zip ties, taped his mouth and put a towel over his head. The victim told police the attackers asked, “Where’s it at?”
The attackers searched the room for about 30 minutes, took about $600 in cash from his pocket, and also took some clothes, his keys and then left with Stec, the victim told police. Once outside they took his car, according to court documents.
The victim told police that Stec is his girlfriend’s best friend.
Stec went to police headquarters after learning she was wanted in connection with the crime. According to an arrest warrant, she told the officer she had read about the crime in a news article “and what the news was saying happened was not actually what had happened.”
On May 4, police took custody of Abimnel Mangual, 37, of 13 Bronson Street, Waterbury on a warrant for his alleged role in the robbery. Mangual was developed as a suspect, and through a DNA match by the State Forensic Laboratory, a warrant was issued for his arrest, police said.
Mangual was also charged with home invasion, burglary, robbery, kidnapping with a firearm, criminal use of a firearm and larceny.