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Police: Man Put Knife to Victim’s Throat Over $10 Loan

When a Southington man wouldn’t provide Sun Valley Drive resident Alexander Derisi with a small loan, police said he responded by pulling a pocket knife out and threatening to cause significant injuries if he wasn’t paid.

A Sun Valley Drive resident is facing charges after police said he held a knife against one of his acquaintances earlier this month in order to receive $10 in cash.

Alexander Derisi, 20, was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree threatening, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace and sixth-degree larceny. He was held in lieu of a $50,000 bond according to officials at Bristol Superior Court.

Southington Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said Wednesday that the arrest stemmed from a Dec. 17 incident in which it was alleged that Derisi, of 56 Sun Valley Drive in Southington, pulled out a pocket knife in anger after an acquaintance declined to give him “a small loan.”

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“During the course of the argument, Derisi allegedly held a pocket knife to the throat of the victim, threatened the victim and demanded money,” Dobratz said. “As a result of the threats, the victim gave Derisi $10. The victim did not report being injured as a result of the incident.”

Police said Derisi was wanted on a warrant and was taken into custody at the , where he was admitted for unrelated injuries.

The incident took place at Derisi’s residence and it was reported that the Victim and Derisi have been acquaintances with each other for approximately a year and a half, police said. Police did not reveal the reason Derisi needed the money.

Derisi remains in state custody, according to court records, and is due back in Bristol Superior Court in February.

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