Suspected Robber Arrested After He Walks Near Police Car

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Michael Starks, 20, was charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree assault. (Courtesy of Hartford Police Department)

HARTFORD — A man who police said was involved in a violent robbery of a pedestrian early Tuesday was arrested when he walked near a patrol car as the pedestrian was reporting the crime, police said.

The officer apprehended Michael Starks, 20, of Greenfield Street, police said. His charges include first-degree robbery and third-degree assault.

The pedestrian said he was walking near 351 Garden St. shortly after 1 a.m. when four men pulled him down an alley, police said. One struck him on the head with a revolver, they said; they stole $25.

The pedestrian saw a police car nearby at Albany Avenue and Irving Street and told the officer about what had happened, police said. One of the suspected robbers then crossed the street while they were talking, they said.

The pedestrian told the officer, who went after the suspect, identified as Starks, and made the arrest.

The three men who haven’t been arrested are in their early 20s and wore dark clothing, police said.

By Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant

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