SOUTHINGTON – Police arrested a Hartford man who allegedly tried to rob a Queen Street gas station in April but was turned away by the clerk.
Dallas Bailey, 36, of Hartford, was served with an arrest warrant this morning at Bristol Superior Court.
Police believe Bailey was the suspect who attempted to rob the Exxon Gas Station at 682 Queen St. on April 23 at gunpoint.
During the robbery, a man ordered gas and cigarettes from the clerk, police said. When the clerk put the cigarettes on the counter, the man demanded cash from the register and showed a silver handgun. But the clerk refused to hand over the cash, police said.
The robber left the store with the clerk following behind when a regular customer pulled up to one of the gas pumps. The clerk noticed that a black female was attempting to put gas into a white Nissan Altima, which apparently was the robber’s getaway car.
The robber got into the Nissan with the woman who tried to pump gas getting into the passenger side. The car fled the area and was later found abandoned in Hartford.
Through the investigation, police identified Bailey as the robber, police said. He was charged with attempted first-degree robbery, and first-degree threatening when he was brought to court today as he was being held on unrelated charges.
Police are still looking for his female accomplice. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective J. Lopa at 860-378-1644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.