BRISTOL - A city man accused of taking a random woman hostage last summer and robbing a bank has now been linked to another local heist.
Robert Du Perry, 52, was charged Monday with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver, criminal use of a firearm or electronic defense weapon and second-degree breach of peace. He was booked on the charges after being held in custody on $1 million bond since his previous arrest last July.
According to police, Du Perry, on foot, approached the drive-thru window of United Bank, at 888 Farmington Ave., on June 9, 2016, at about 3:45 p.m. There, he allegedly showed the teller a note that demanded money. Police said he brandished a firearm and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, before fleeing on foot.
The suspect could not immediately be located after the robbery.
A little over a month later, on July 27, 2016, police allege Du Perry took a random woman hostage, drove around for nearly two hours and decided to rob a bank. He happened to be at the Barnes Chapel on Pound Street when, he told investigators, something the 65-year-old woman working there said angered him.
Police said Du Perry then drew a gun - which looked real but turned out to be a BB gun - bound the woman with duct tape, covered her eyes and drove around in her car for nearly two hours, as she was in the passenger seat. During the ride, he allegedly called in several bomb threats in Hartford.
While driving by the TD Bank in Bristol, Du Perry told police, he suddenly remembered that the bank had angered him previously by charging him late fees. He then, police said, approached the drive-thru window and robbed the bank, pointing the gun at the 65-year-old woman and threatening to kill her if he didn’t get the cash he wanted from the teller.
After leading police on a chase into Wolcott with the stolen cash, Du Perry was later arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and first-degree kidnapping, in addition to numerous other offenses.
After that arrest, police said they were able to discover a lot of circumstantial evidence to suggest Du Perry was responsible for the United Bank robbery. This included interviews, physical evidence and video surveillance.
Both of Du Perry’s cases are pending in New Britain Superior Court. He was scheduled to appear there on Tuesday to be arraigned on the most recent charges.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.