Cops: Woman used stun gun trying to flee with stolen groceries
Published 1:52 pm, Thursday, May 6, 2010
A woman armed with a stun gun is charged with stealing a shopping cart filled with meat and beer from the Super Stop & Shop on Villa Avenue, but she and her getaway driver were nabbed in Bridgeport a short time later, according to police.
A Stop & Shop employee was in the parking lot around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when he noticed the groceries Reva Hill, 43, of Bruce Street in Stratford, was wheeling from the supermarket were not in bags. He went into the store, paged the manager and then went back outside to ask Hill, who by then was loading the groceries into a car driven by Ronald Frazier, 55, of Alex Street in Bridgeport, for her receipt.
Hill allegedly told the employee the receipt was in her purse, but when she reached into the handbag, instead allegedly pulled out a Scorpion stun gun and fired it. The employee, recognizing what it was, jumped out of the way, unharmed.
Hill jumped into the car, which fled the scene.
Bridgeport police found the car parked on Alex Street in the middle of the road, but Frazier and Hill were still in the vehicle. When Hill saw police approach, she began to walk away, but stopped and returned on orders of police.
In Hill's purse, police said they found the stun gun, and in addition to the groceries, found $1,102 worth of merchandise that Hill told police that she took from a Kohl's department store in Branford to sell on the street.
Frazier told police that Hill had simply asked him for a ride to the grocery store and that he didn't know that the food had been stolen. He allegedly said that he heard a popping noise when Hill fired the stun gun.
Hill was charged with first-degree robbery, fourth and sixth-degree larceny, and carrying a dangerous weapon, while Frazier faces charges of criminal liability of first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny, as well as fourth-degree larceny.
Hill was held on a $50,000 bond; Frazier's bond was set at $25,000. Both are scheduled to appear May 17 in Bridgeport Superior Court.