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UPDATE (II): Suspect CAPTURED; Wanted Poster Of Suspect Issued; Suspected Robbery At Treehouse Antiques Under Investigation; Owner Assaulted, Hospitalized

By: Maria Moore

Updated: 5:40 p.m., Thursday, August 4:

The following is a press release from the Department of Public Safety website:

CAPTURED
State Police Seek Public’s Help

UPDATE:

Connecticut State Police developed information and leads as to the whereabouts of this accused. Working with Mass Law Enforcement the accused (CUSHARD), was apprehended this afternoon in Agawam Mass. He was located and taken into custody by Mass Law Enforcement without incident. CUSHARD will be held in Mass to be arraigned in court and will be returned to Connecticut when released by Mass court. CUSHARD will then be charged in relation to his violation of probation warrant and also Robbery charges will be lodged against him.

NO return date has yet been determined at this time.

No additional information available at this time.

Updated 11:45 p.m., Wednesday, August 3:

State Police are seeking Robert F. Cushard in connection with the armed robbery at Treehouse Art & Antiques store on Tuesday afternoon, August 2.  Below is the Wanted Poster issued by the State Police for Robert F. Cushard.  As the poster states, Robert Cushard has ties to Winsted, Torrington, Hartford and Waterbury.

Anyone with information concerning Robert Cushard’s whereabouts is urged to contact State Police at 860-497-0403 (in state), or 860-824-2500.

Robert Cushard

State police are investigating a suspected robbery which occurred yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, August 2, at Treehouse Art and Antiques on Main Street in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford. During the incident the store owner, Peter Roth, was assaulted and had to be hospitalized as a result of the head injury he sustained. Treehouse Art and Antiques is located at 202 Main Street, in the small retail complex next to River Run Condominiums going east on Route 44 towards Marandino’s Plaza.

Peter Roth

According to Donald Massi who lives next door to Treehouse Antiques at 202 Main Street, and was home at the time of the incident, two young persons in their early 20s went into the antiques store shortly before 3:30 p.m. to shop at the store and discovered Peter Roth, the owner, on the floor behind his cash register. The young men called 911 and the state police arrived on the scene at around 3:30 p.m.

While our reporter was speaking with Donald Massi, a young man stopped by to ask about the condition of Peter Roth. The young man, who had been part of the EMT crew with the New Hartford Ambulance that had responded to the call, confirmed that the local ambulance had received the call at 3:43 p.m. The young man, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that the Canton Volunteer Ambulance had arrived first on the scene and they had delivered the first emergency aid and had controlled the victim’s bleeding. Peter had been hit on the head, however, he was conscious and sitting up when the New Hartford EMTs arrived. The Canton EMTs handed the scene over to the New Hartford team, which used a stair chair and a stretcher to transport Peter to the ambulance. At that point Peter was able to respond to questions. They transported Peter to Charlotte Hungerford but because of the nature of his injury – trauma to the head – he was Lifestarred to Hartford Hospital.

At this point Donald, the next-door neighbor, provided some more information. He said the State police had come to the scene at around 3:30 p.m. and they had cordoned off the area as a crime scene. The police received a search warrant at 11:00 p.m. and they finished their work at 3:00 a.m., at which time Donald had been able to lock the building as he had been asked to do. Our reporter asked whether anything had been stolen and Donald said that there were some broken frames, signs of damage most likely from Peter’s fall, behind the register. At first glance, he said, it didn’t appear that any items had been taken.

A third person joined the group in front of the small antiques store and he identified himself as being one of Peter’s consignors; he declined to identify himself further. The consignor, who lives in Canton, said he had been in touch with Peter at the hospital and that it looks like Peter may be discharged to go home tomorrow, Thursday, August 4.

Both Donald and the consignor expressed their surprise and concern that anything like this should have happened to Peter. Donald said: “He (Peter) is such a very nice person. You just don’t expect something like this to happen.” The consignor agreed, adding: “This is awful, on so many levels. To cause injury, to do something like this, is incomprehensible.”

If you have any information about this incident, please call the New Hartford Resident Trooper at 860-379-8621 or State Police Troop B at 860-824-2500.

We will update this report when more information becomes available.

Treehouse Art & Antiques on Main Street in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford where the suspected robbery occurred on Tuesday afternoon, August 2. Photo: Maria Moore

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  • Lorirth

    Peter is an upstanding citizen who has contributed to the community. He is an all-around nice guy. As a small business owner, I’m sure this incident will set him back physically and financially. I am certain that the community of New Hartford will rally around him to help him get back on his feet.

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