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Second Arrest Made in Connection with August Stabbing

Officers took Kendall Sciola into custody late last week after police said he set up an armed robbery that left a Bristol woman in the hospital with stab wounds.


A Howard Avenue man is facing various charges following an investigation into an August armed robbery that led to the arrest of his brother and left a Bristol woman in the hospital with stab wounds.

Kendall C. Sciola, of 125 Howard Ave. in Southington, was taken into custody on a warrant late last week and booked on charges of first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sciola, 22, remains in the custody of the state in lieu of a $250,000 court-set bond, according to court records. He is due back in court on Jan. 20, 2012.

The charges stem from an Aug. 11 incident in which police said Sciola set up a robbery that was allegedly committed by his brother, 19-year-old Javier Arroyo.

Arroyo, 19, was arraigned following the incident in August, according to court records, and is currently incarcerated at the Hartford Correctional Center, according to online documents from the state Department of Correction.

Police said after the two picked him up along Beecher Street, taking an envelop with cash in it. During the incident, police said Arroyo stabbed the 21-year-old in the hand.

The woman was taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Campus, with injuries to the hand and was released after receiving treatment.

Sgt. Lowell DePalma said a subsequent investigation into the incident revealed that while Arroyo committed the robbery, it was an act that was set up not by Arroyo but rather one devised by his brother, Kendall Sciola.

“Sciola made a call to the woman asking her to help him out and pick up his brother,” DePalma said. “When she agreed, he let his brother know she would have money on her and set up the theft.”

The two men knew the victim and each had been living together along Howard Avenue prior to the incident, police said.

Sciola is also facing drug charges in the incident after police found “a controlled substance” and drug paraphernalia in his room while conducting a search at the Howard Avenue apartment following the August stabbing.

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