Man Accused Of Robbery At Supermarket

Posted: February 19, 1998

MORRISVILLE — A 33-year-old Croydon man has been charged with robbery and attempted kidnapping after a bizarre incident yesterday outside the Giant Food Market on West Trenton Avenue.

Police said Vincent Joseph Marino forced his way into the car of a woman, identified only as in her 30s and from Morrisville, as she left the market at 9:30 a.m. Demanding money, police said, Marino told the woman, ``Cooperate and you won't get hurt.''

The woman tried to satisfy Marino's demands, said Cpl. Gene Ross, by giving him her last $20.

But Marino balked, Ross said, and ordered her to drive him to a nearby bank to withdraw money from an automated teller.

The woman rejected the demand, screamed, and jumped out of her Isuzu Rodeo, keys in hand, Ross said.

While Marino allegedly rifled through the woman's purse, which she left behind, Ross said, she pressed the remote alarm button on her key chain, causing the car's horn to begin beeping and its headlights to flash.

Marino then ran away, pursued by a guard from the supermarket who had heard the commotion.

Officer Ross DaLessio responded after receiving a radio call about a car theft in progress and saw the two men running across the parking lot. He joined in the chase and took Marino into custody.

Ross said Marino admitted the robbery attempt and blamed a drug habit.

He was arraigned before District Justice Joanne M. Adamchak on a variety of charges, also including unlawful restraint and false imprisonment, and sent to Bucks County Prison after he was unable to post 10 percent of $75,000 bail.

The woman was unhurt, Ross said.

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