Chester man charged in robbery of a Nintendo game system
A Chester man who pleaded guilty in 2011 to his role in the death of a 2-year-old girl is in legal trouble again, this time for allegedly robbing a woman in the parking lot of the Cheste CVS.
Luke W. Malizia, 30, has been ordered held on $3,000 cash bail after he was charged with armed robbery for allegedly stealing a Nintendo game system from a woman in the pharmacy parking lot, according to police reports. The alleged robbery took place on Saturday afternoon, and Massachusetts State Police officers arrested him in Gardner after he reportedly fled the scene of the robbery.
The alleged robbery victim told police she had made an agreement through on online classified app to sell the video game system and some game cartridges. When she arrived at the CVS, she was met by Malizia, who seemed strange to her.
“He looked shady,” the victim told police.
When she asked to see the money for the game system, Malizia reportedly pulled out what looked like a handgun, pointing it at her chest, she told police.
“I will shoot you. Don’t make me shoot you,” he reportedly told her.
Malizia then took a bag containing the game system and the game, and the fled the area in his car. The robbery victim was able to get pictures of the car, and the license plate, before Malizia left the area, according to the police report. A license check by police revealed that the car was registered to Malizia, according to the report.
An alert went out to police to stop the car, and Massachusetts State Police made the stop in Gardner. According to police, Malizia’s car was stopped on Elm Street soon after the car got off Route 2 in Gardner. Police found the game system and a BB gun in Malizia’s car under the passenger seat, according to the report. Malizia’s passenger, while not charged for the robbery, will be summoned to court for allegedly obstructing the investigation for hiding the game system and pellet gun.
The victim was brought to Gardner and positively identified Malizia as the man who robbed her, according to the report. Malizia then told police he was sorry, the report states.
“Just want to tell the lady I’m sorry,” Malizia reportedly said. “I would never hurt someone. I’m sorry.”
Five years ago, in January 2011, Malizia pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment of a child and being an accessory after the fact for his role in the 2007 death of Raelynn Mascal, who was 2 when she was beaten to death by her mother, Michele Lepkowski, Malizia’s then girlfriend.
Malizia was sentenced to probation as part of a plea agreement that had him testify against Lepkowski, who is currently serving a 12-year sentence on a conviction of involuntary manslaughter. Raelynn Mascal died from shaken baby syndrome and blunt force trauma.
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