SOUTHINGTON - A Hartford man charged in an attempted robbery in Southington will be prosecuted in New Britain Superior Court - where the most serious matters in the area are heard.
Dallas Bailey, 36, appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials informed him that his case will be transferred to New Britain because of the serious nature of the charges. He is facing charges of first-degree threatening and attempted first-degree robbery.
Bailey, who is being held on $250,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in New Britain court on Sept. 12.
According to police, officers were called to the Exxon Gas Station, at 682 Queen St., April 23 at about 1 a.m. Shortly before the call, police said, a black male entered the store and asked for gas and cigarettes. When the clerk put the cigarettes on the counter, the suspect demanded money from the register, according to police.
The clerk refused and the man made a motion to emphasize that he had a silver handgun, police said. At this point, another vehicle pulled up to the pumps and both men noticed it.
The suspect then left the store and the clerk followed him. The man got into a white Nissan Altima. At the time, the clerk told police, a woman was trying to put gas into the Nissan. She got into the vehicle before it drove away south on Queen Street.
Shortly after the incident, state police found the Altima abandoned in Hartford. The vehicle was seized.
Bailey was arrested earlier this month after an extensive investigation identified him as the attempted robbery suspect, police said. At the time of his arrest, police said they had still not identified the female who drove the getaway vehicle.
The woman has been described as an African-American standing between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-8 inches tall, weighing between 100-110 pounds, in her 20s, with a petite build and short, dark, colored hair. She was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt, light blue jeans and a dark blue or black hat.
Anyone with information on the woman’s identity has been asked to contact Detective J. Lopa at 860-378- 1644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.