Woman faces charges herself after she is robbed
Updated 5:24 pm, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Erika Liberato-Reyes, 29, is facing charges after a September incident in the parking lot of Staples Plaza.
Liberato-Reyes told police she was waiting in her car on Sept. 14 around 4 p.m. to mail a package to California when she was robbed by two men, one of whom wielded a gun. After they took the package, which contained $45,000 in cash, Liberato-Reyes chased them through the lot, driving at a high rate of speed.
The car hit a curb in the parking lot and went airborne, before it collided with some shrubs and plants alongside of the building. The two men were hiding, but stood up and began to run. A police officer at the scene yelled for them to stop, and one of them dropped the box and put his hands up. The man, Ariel Espinal, was arrested at the time on robbery and burglary charges.
Liberato-Reyes, who lives on Robert Street in Bridgeport, told police she did not know what was in the package and was mailing it for a friend as a favor. During a search, police found marijuana and marijuana packaging materials.
She was charged with reckless driving, sale of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, failure to carry motor vehicle insurance, and first-degree reckless endangerment.
She was held on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport Nov. 17.