New London robbery suspect dropped gun, hat in victim’s car

New London — A city man is in custody for his alleged role in an August 2016 robbery in part because he left an orange hat and a handgun behind, according to police.

Ronnie Rogers III, 22, of 38 Mountain Ave. is facing charges of first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny and carrying a pistol without a permit in relation to the incident.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, officers responded to the area of 87 Broad St. at 9:19 p.m. on Aug. 13 last year for the report of a disturbance.

On scene, officers found a witness who said he tried to detain Rogers because he believed Rogers had committed a robbery. While officers were on scene, the victim of the crime drove to the police station to report that he had been robbed at gunpoint.

According to the victim’s signed, sworn statement, the victim was driving west on Broad Street toward 7-Eleven when he stopped to chat with a man for whom he used to produce music. As the pair talked, two men walked up and asked for a ride to 7-Eleven, which the victim declined to give.

The victim stated one of the men, whom he later identified from a photo lineup as Rogers, came back with a black and silver handgun and said, “I’ll blow your head off,” while demanding cash.

The victim told police when he handed the man $30, the man demanded his whole wallet. The victim then acted as though he was going to hand the man his wallet but instead reached for the man’s gun, knocking it into his car.

The affidavit states the man tried to get into the victim’s car, but was not able to do so in part because the victim punched him in the face. As the victim abruptly drove away, the man’s orange hat also fell into his car, according to the affidavit.

A witness on scene identified the suspect as Rogers, according to police. Police further found a Facebook profile that appeared to belong to Rogers and had a picture of him wearing a hat that was the same style as the one that landed in the victim’s car.

According to the affidavit, the Ruger P95CD 9mm semiautomatic pistol used in the crime was not loaded when police seized it. A records check showed Rogers did not have a Connecticut pistol permit.

Held on a $150,000 bond, Rogers is next due Sept. 7 in New London Superior Court.

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