BRISTOL - A city man arrested Sunday allegedly tried to punch a female supermarket employee during a shoplifting incident.
Ryan Jablonski, 30, of 420 King St., got into a tussle with a loss-prevention employee on April 7 at Stop & Shop, at 597 Farmington Ave., raising his hands as if he were going to strike her, according to the warrant for his arrest.
Another employee told police that Jablonski took a swing at the woman as she put her hands over her face, believing she would be hit.
Jablonski faces charges of third-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny.
According to the warrant, the loss-prevention officer saw a man grabbing items off the shelves and puting them into a reusable, cloth shopping bag.
As the man walked toward the exit, skipping the checkout area, the employee put herself between him and the doorway.
The man then shoved past the woman, who grabbed at the bag, police wrote in the warrant. He then ripped the bag away with enough force to damage the handle.
The woman then grabbed at the bag again as the man tried to move toward the exit. A struggle ensued, at which point the man allegedly raised his hands, taking a swing in her direction. He then ran out of the store, dropping the bag, before he got into a car and fled.
Two store employees got a photo of the vehicle.
Police who viewed surveillance footage of the incident identified the suspect as Jablonski.
After his arrest Sunday, he was held in custody overnight and arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court.
During the hearing, officials said he has four other cases pending, in which he faces charges of assault, larceny, threatening and violation of a protective order.
Jablonski is being held on $25,000 bond. He is due back in court on May 23.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.