Woman pleads guilty to charges in 2018 armed robbery and stabbing in Meriden

Woman pleads guilty to charges in 2018 armed robbery and stabbing in Meriden

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NEW HAVEN — A Meriden woman is scheduled to be sentenced in March after pleading guilty to charges in connection with an armed robbery and stabbing at a local grocery store in 2018. 

During an appearance Friday in New Haven Superior Court, Keishla Garcia-Hernandez, 29, of 148 Hobart St., pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and first-degree robbery. Garcia-Hernandez, who is being held on $1 million bond, is scheduled to sentenced March 19. 

Angel Rodriguez, 50, of 148 Hobart St., Meriden, was also arrested in connection with the same incident and charged with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, carrying a dangerous weapon, brandishing a facsimile firearm, weapon in a motor vehicle, breach of peace, first-degree threatening, interfering with police, conspiracy, two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of risk of injury to a minor. Rodriguez, who has not entered a plea, is held on $200,000 bond. 

On July 24, 2018, a mother and daughter, ages 60 and 29, were injured in an armed robbery at Tachuelas Grocery Store, 251 W. Main St. around 6:50 p.m., police said. The daughter had a stab wound to her arm that was serious, but not life threatening. The mother had a serious injury to her face. A handgun was displayed during the incident. 

Two suspects, later identified as Rodriguez and Garcia-Hernandez, fled the scene in a car, police said. A Meriden detective recognized the unique description of the car’s colors, make and model as one he had seen in Hartford on an unrelated matter earlier in the day. Police went to the location in Hartford and found Rodriguez and Garcia-Hernandez, who were taken into custody. A knife used in the robbery and a BB gun were seized. 

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