Father and son charged in Vernon bank robbery

Jeffrey Wright (Photo: Vernon Police)

VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) – A father and son are facing bank robbery charges after attempting to rob a bank inside a supermarket in Vernon on Friday.

Just after 5:30 p.m., officers responded to the People’s United Bank inside the Stop & Shop at 50 Windsorville Road in Vernon. The suspect, Jeffrey Wright, 45, of Rockville, was seen entering the Stop & Shop with a handgun and later demanded money from a teller.

The teller complied to Wright’s request and turned over an undisclosed amount of money. Wright then fled on foot, where a car was waiting outside of the store for him.

A witness was able to tell officers the suspect’s license plate number. Upon checking the license plate, police discovered that the car was registered to Charles Wright, 69, of Vernon.  Charles Wright is the father of Jeffrey Wright.

Officers went to the address listed on the registration of the car and found Jeffrey Wright, who attempted to flee on foot.

Jeffrey Wright then entered a local pharmacy, where he demanded car keys from the store employees.  When the store employees refused, he punched one of the workers, and took off running again until caught by officers.

Police found a large amount of money on Jeffrey Wright, similar to what was reported stolen at the bank. After serving a search warrant at Charles Wright’s home, officers also found a handgun and clothing that matched the description of the robber at the bank.

Both father and son were arrested and charged with robbery. Charles Wright posted a $5,000 bond, and is due on court on June 29th.

Jeffrey Wright was charged with larceny, threatening, use of a firearm, interfering with police and assault and is held on $500,000 bond and is also due in court on June 29th.

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