Two more arrested in Bank of America depositor robbery

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Mar. 23, 2012
Ashley Torres is a suspect in the robbery of a Bank of America branch on Main Street in East Hartford. EHPD photo. - Contributed Photo

Two suspects have been taken into custody in connection with a robbery last summer when two women making a deposit at a Bank of America branch were robbed of about $60,000 in cash. East Hartford police arrested Joshua Bragdon, 23, of Bolton, for his role in the robbery on Feb. 15, and John Vignone, 24, of East Hartford, was taken into custody on March 18 and faces charges including conspiracy to commit robbery and larceny as well as being an accessory to robbery.

Ashley Torres, a former bank employee, and her boyfriend, Johnathon Clark, were arrested last July in connection with the crime. Police now say the pair enlisted Vignone and Bragdon for help in the robbery. Torres allegedly had information that the victims routinely deposited large amounts of cash from the Star Supermarket & Deli on Burnside Avenue.

According to police, Bragdon said he was recruited by Clark to rob the women, and that Torres told him and another man of their plan to grab cash from the owners of the supermarket.

Vignone was first questioned by police last summer as a possibly unwitting accessory to the crime after he was asked to drive Bragdon to the bank. He said that only after he drove Bragdon to the bank did he realize that he had become an accessory to robbery. He also told police that he had talked to Clark after the robbery, but did not receive any money.

Bragdon tells a contradictory story, police say. He told police that he, Clark and Vignone planned to rob the women as they were about to leave the supermarket, not at the bank. Bragdon and Vignone waited about five hours in a parking lot near the Star Supermarket & Deli and followed the women to the bank instead. Bragdon admitted to stealing the deposit bag as the women headed for the bank, and escaping with Clark in his car.

Both Torres and Clark have pled not guilty to charges that include conspiracy to commit larceny in the first and second degree. Both are awaiting trial.

Bragdon has been charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree larceny, third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace and accompanying conspiracy charges. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Manchester March 28. Vignone is scheduled to appear on April 17.

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