Woman Robs Her Own Limo Driver


This is a birthday party with a not-so-happy ending.

From the HARTFORD COURANT | by Christine Dempsey | WILLIMANTIC — A drunk woman upset about the limo charge for her 50th birthday celebration ended up robbing the driver at gunpoint, police said Monday.   The driver was not injured, police said, and the woman was arrested.

Melanie Roberts of 513 Jackson St. in Willimantic was charged with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, second-degree threatening, breach of peace and carrying firearm while under the influence.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]According to the Secretary of State’s office, Roberts runs a business called Inspiring Independence LLC from her home.[/pullquote]

Roberts turned 50 on Feb. 15 and was belatedly celebrating the birthday by traveling to New York City with her friends, Cpl. Stanley F. Parizo said.   According to Parizo, Roberts was the last person to be dropped off after the trip and began arguing with the driver over the amount she owed. She removed the keys from the limo and ran to her nearby home, where she got a 9mm pistol, he said.

She returned minutes later and threatened to “shoot out” the tires of the limousine, Parizo said. She also reached inside the limo and removed the GPS and a clipboard with money — and the signed contract — attached to it.

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