Man to serve 4 years for attempted robbery and witness intimidation

Twenty-nine-year-old Joshua Blondeau pleaded guilty Monday in New London Superior Court to attempting to rob a Norwich Citgo station in September 2013 and threatening to kill the store clerk a month later.

Blondeau, of Norwich, will be sentenced Sept. 3 to eight years in prison, suspended after four years served, followed by three years of probation for attempted second-degre robbery, intimidation of a witness and violation of probation. Arrested in December 2013, he has been held at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institution in lieu of $202,200 while his case was pending.

According to prosecutor Lawrence J. Tytla, Blondeau entered the Citgo store on West Main Street on Sept. 24, 2013, wearing a mask, pulled a black semi-automatic handgun out of his waistband and demanded money from the clerk. When the clerk refused, Blondeau turned to a customer and demanded money, Tytla said. The clerk recognized him as a customer.

On Oct. 27, 2013, the clerk had closed the store for the night and was entering his nearby apartment when Blondeau approached him from behind wearing a ghost face mask, used a Taser to stun him in the back, and threatened to kill him if he became a witness in the robbery case. The clerk tore the mask off and recognized his attacker as Blondeau, according to Tytla.

Blondeau later admitted he had committed the robbery and said he had used a BB pistol that looked like a real gun, Tytla said. At the time of his arrest, Blondeau was on probation, having been convicted in 2011 for accessory to fourth-degree larceny, according to court records.

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