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State police charge Norwich man in Montville armed robbery, assault

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Montville — State police on Friday charged a convicted felon with robbery and assault in connection with an alleged armed robbery and violent confrontation with an alleged victim outside the Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant on Dec. 16.

Police served a new warrant on Gregory M. Blue, 38, of 30 Hamilton Ave., Norwich, during a court appearance Friday in New London Superior Court and charged him with second-degree larceny, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He was held on a court-set bond of $250,000 on the new charges.

Police said the incident occurred about 10:10 p.m. on Dec. 16, when the alleged victim was standing in the parking lot outside the restaurant and a man emerged from a shadow in the back corner of the restaurant and asked for a light. When the victim reached into his pocket, police said the assailant pulled out what looked like a handgun and said “give me everything you have or I am going to kill you,” the state police warrant stated.

The victim told police he gave the man $40, and when the man then asked for his cellphone and car keys, the victim attempted to grab the gun, and the two struggled. The victim said he was struck on the head with the gun before the victim was able to grab the gun. He told police he tried to use the gun on the suspect but it did not work, so he threw it aside. The suspect then allegedly stabbed the victim in the side with a knife. The victim grabbed the suspect's arm and attempted to redirect the knife at the suspect's chest.

The suspect ran across Route 32 and up the Route 2A West ramp. The victim said he chased the suspect up the ramp until he jumped over the guardrail and ran into the woods. The victim said he ran back to the restaurant, put the gun on the counter and yelled for someone to call 911.

The victim met police in the adjacent convenience store parking lot, where police said it was determined he had received a minor laceration to his side and puncture wounds to his finger, back and chest. He was treated at the scene.

The gun was taken by a patron at the restaurant, but police recovered it two weeks later and determined it was an Airsoft air gun.

During their search for the suspect, police discovered blood on the guardrail and two hats the victim said belonged to the suspect.

Police took DNA samples that allegedly identified Blue as the suspect. Police obtained a search warrant for a new DNA sample in June and interviewed Blue while he was incarcerated at the Corrigan Correctional Center in Montville.

Blue denied being involved in the incident, saying he was in Georgia on Dec. 16. He first accused investigating state police Detective Sebastian Wordell of planting Blue’s DNA at the scene.

“Blue continued to allege that a phlebotomist who took his blood years ago dropped his DNA at the scene via airplane,” the warrant stated.

Police said the new DNA sample also matched the DNA collected from the clothing and the blood on the guardrail.

Police said Blue's criminal record includes convictions for robbery, attempted assault, escape and harassment.

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