Hamden Police Nab Alleged Robber

A Hamden man allegedly robbed a Gulf Service Station at gunpoint Thursday night, and police had him in custody a short time later.


The quick actions of an alert Hamden Police lieutenant led to the apprehension of the man police say held up at gunpoint the Gulf Service Station on Dixwell Avenue Thursday night.

At about 9:15 p.m. Thursday police got the report of an armed robbery at the station, located at 1624 Dixwell Ave., according to police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith.

A man entered the business and demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk, Smith said, while pointing a gun at them and threatening to kill them. He was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money and several boxes of cigarettes, Smith said.

A short time later, Lt. Kevin Samperi saw a man on Millis Street who fit the description of the man suspected in the armed robbery, Smith said. The man, identified as Anthony Onofrio, 47, of 233 Goodrich St., Hamden, ran into a back yard, where Samperi was able to capture him, Smith said.

 Onofrio was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and refusal to be fingerprinted. He was held in lieu of $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Jan. 30.

Dan Rich January 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Regular gas at $2.57! I'm going there NOW!
Tara Williams January 20, 2013 at 05:39 AM
I would like to Thank the Hamden police for responding so quickly and for catching this man. I am the clerk that was robbed that evening as you can imagine I was very shaken up by guise and all of the officers did their best to comfort me and my fellow employee. They all were wonderful.
Kathleen Ramunni January 20, 2013 at 06:29 AM
LOL Dan that is a file photo taken when the site launched almost three years ago -- times have changed! Tara -- that must have been horrible to have to go through. Thank God you weren't hurt! If you would like to speak to me about your experience for a story, you can contact me at kathleen.ramunni@patch.com. Thanks!


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