Old Town Police arrest suspect in Connecticut armed robbery

Posted Jan. 06, 2011, at 2:58 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:17 a.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — A Connecticut man wanted for kidnapping and armed robbery in his home state was found Wednesday night at a Main Street residence and arrested, Old Town police Sgt. Michael Hashey said Thursday.

An all-points bulletin was issued Tuesday by Connecticut State Police to be on the lookout for Rudy T. John, also known as John Rudy, 28, of Colchester, Conn., who was driving a red SUV and was believed to be heading to Orono, Old Town or Milford to rob someone.

The bulletin said he was armed with a .40-caliber handgun and was wanted for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Connecticut.

“That’s the information we got,” Hashey said.

The information from Connecticut law enforcement was updated on Wednesday, giving police a possible location on Main Street, near Skip’s garage, he said.

Officer Christine McAvoy went to the residence and found a stolen red Honda CR-V that was parked in the driveway facing the road.

Around 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, 10 Old Town police officers converged on the single-family residence and used a bullhorn to call out the four people inside. John was the last to emerge.

The local people John was staying with are listed as friends, but really didn’t know anything about him, Hashey said.

“They had no idea of this guy’s history [and] they didn’t even know his real name,” he said.

In addition to local officers, Maine State Troopers Kyle Willette and Jarod Stedman were nearby to assist if needed, Hashey said.

John was arrested on the Connecticut warrants and taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. Old Town police also charged him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

East Hartford, Conn., police issued an arrest warrant for John on Dec. 18 charging him with felony kidnapping and robbery, as well as larceny, after he reportedly used a knife to steal money from a woman and then forced his way into her car.

The next day, Dec. 19, Connecticut State Police issued an arrest warrant for John after he reportedly used a weapon to rob the Clothes Pin Laundromat in Colchester, Conn., that day.

Connecticut police also believe that John is involved in several other armed robberies in the area around Colchester, according to the arrest warrant.

Authorities in Connecticut are making arrangements to extradite him, Hashey said.

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