The Waterbury Police Department made an arrest on Saturday related to an armed robbery crime that took place on Friday.
Police say that on Friday at 6:40pm, an investigation was conducted for an armed robbery at the AT&T/Sprint Mobile Store on 2457 East Main Street in Waterbury. Two men, who were employees of the store, reported that they were robbed by two men. One was reported to be armed with a handgun. Neither emplyee was injured during the incident.
According to police, an employee was assisting one of the suspects who asked about a cell phone. One suspect displayed a firearm and ordered both employees to the back of the store. The second suspect started filling a gym bag with more than 40 smart watches and cell phones from display cases and the store safe.
The suspects then took both victims’ wallets and cell phones and money from the store register.
Waterbury police developed information that a suspect of this robbery was behind 55 – 57 Cherry Street in the alley. Police say they responded to this location and located a black Acura MDX with no visible registration displayed.
Visible in the rear of the vehicle was a item of clothing similar to one worn by one of the suspects and a gym bag matching the one used during the robbery.
A search was conducted and an officer located an individual matching the description of one of the suspects. While the officer approached the suspect, the officer saw the suspect remove something from his jacket and bury/hid it in some snow.
When the police ordered him to stop and show his hands, the suspect dropped a brand new iPhone 8 still in the original box. The suspect was apprehended without incident.
Police later identified the suspect as Jesus Manual Torres-Miranda, 46. In the snowbank where the suspect was seen burying or hiding something, a loaded black handgun was found, according to police.
Jesus Manual Torres-Miranda was positively identified as one of the two suspects of the robbery, and charged with robbery, larceny, among other charges.
Torres-Miranda is being held on a $100,000 bond pending his arraignment in court.
Detectives are working to identify, locate and arrest any additional suspects. If you have any information, please contact the Waterbury Police Department Detective Bureau 203-574-6941, or Crime Stoppers 203-755-1234.