SOUTHINGTON - A Bristol man charged in a shoplifting turned robbery is contemplating a plea deal.
Jose Rodriguez, 30, has been accused of pushing a Target employee on July 4, 2018, assaulting him before fleeing the store, according to police. He has been charged with one count each of third-degree robbery, third-degree assault and sixth-degree larceny.
Rodriguez appeared Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court, where his attorney, Kerry Robair, asked for time to discuss a plea bargain with his client. Judge Maureen Keegan ordered that Rodriguez - who is free on $10,000 bond - make a decision by his next court date, on Sept. 17.
The terms of the plea deal were not put on the record Wednesday.
According to police, Rodriguez was in the Target retail store, located at 600 Executive Boulevard, when he took sockets, medical supplies, two carabiner clips and a multi-use tool, and put them in a backpack. He then tried to leave the store before he was stopped by a loss prevention employee.
Rodriguez, police said, then left the store after the physical confrontation, which left the employee with a minor injury to his arm and Rodriguez with a minor hand injury.
Police said Rodriguez was apprehended when police arrived, as he tried to escape on a motorcycle.
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