Man charged with robbery, holding pocket knife to throat

By Ed Harris

Editor

Police have arrested a Southington man after he allegedly held a pocket knife to the throat of an acquaintance while demanding money.

Alexander Derisi, 21,  of 56 Sun Valley Drive, was taken into custody by police at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Campus. He was charged with first degree robbery, threatening, first degree reckless endangerment, second degree breach of peace and sixth degree larceny.

“He was there [at the hospital] on an unrelated matter,” said Police Spokesman Sgt. Jeff Dobratz. Dobratz said officers at the hospital recognized Derisi and knew that there was an arrest warrant out for him.

Following an investigation, police said that Derisi and the victim, who was not named, began arguing about money while at Derisi’s residence. When the victim would not lend Derisi money, Derisi allegedly held a pocket knife to the throat of the victim, demanding money. As a result of the threat, the victim gave Derisi $10.

The victim was not injured in the incident. Police said that the victim and Derisi knew each other for about a year and a half.

Derisi was held on a $50,000 bond with a Jan. 2 court date.

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