Hartford man charged in Plainville bank robbery to have case prosecuted in higher court

Published on Tuesday, 16 August 2022 12:47


PLAINVILLE – The case against a man charged in connection with an attempted Plainville bank robbery has been transferred to where the most serious matters in the area are prosecuted.

Alston Phillips, 27, of Hartford, appeared before a judge in New Britain Superior Court on Monday. During the hearing, his matter was sent to the Judicial District docket – where the most serious crimes are heard.

The case will remain in New Britain Superior Court, where both Part B – those crimes that are considered less serious in nature – and Part A matters can be adjudicated.

Phillips, who is being held on $150,000 bond, was set to face a Part A judge on Tuesday. 

The 27-year-old has been charged in a robbery reported on March 15, around 10:21 a.m. at the American Eagle Federal Credit Union, located at 378 New Britain Ave. Hartford resident Christina Williams, 47, has also been charged.

According to court documents, police believe the robbery was Phillips’ idea. They also believe he drove Williams to the bank and gave her the note that was used during the hold-up. 

Williams, meanwhile, has been accused of trying to carry out the robbery. 

According to the arrest warrant in the case, Williams entered the bank with a note demanding $10,000. When the teller told her that kind of money wasn’t immediately accessible, the warrant said, Williams allegedly said she had a gun and would shoot everyone. 

Williams, police wrote in the warrant, left the bank without any money. She was later identified by authorities through an anonymous tip from someone who said she goes by the name “Cookie” and has struggled with addiction, court papers said.

According to the warrant, Williams told police during an interview she was picked up by Phillips – who she said she knew as “New York” – before he asked her if she wanted to rob a bank. According to Williams, the warrant said, Phillips gave her a note that demanded money before she robbed a bank in East Windsor, making off with about $1,000.

Williams, the warrant said, then used the same note in the Plainville bank without getting any money. 

Williams faces one count each of attempted first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and attempted first-degree larceny. She is free on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Wednesday.

Phillips faces one count each of attempted second-degree robbery, attempted first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny.      

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Tuesday, 16 August 2022 12:47. Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2022 12:49.