A Medford man was arrested Tuesday morning after he forced a woman out of her car at a stoplight in Hauppauge and robbed her, Suffolk County police said.
Richard Clinton, 34, of 128 Norfleet Lane, approached the passenger side of the woman’s car as she was stopped at a red light on Route 111, police said.
Clinton opened the door, jumped into the front seat and began to take her belongings, police said.PhotosRecent LI mug shotsDataLI crime stats
She fought back, and Clinton walked to the other side of the car, pulled her out of the driver’s side door and took more belongings, police said.
Clinton fled as other motorists stopped to help, police said, and officers found him about 10 minutes later at Joshua’s Path and Motor Parkway in Hauppauge.
Police arrested Clinton and took him to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was treated for what police said were the effects of drug use.
Clinton was charged with second-degree robbery, resisting arrest and three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He
will be arraigned at a later date.
Conviction records show Clinton has a history of drug-related offenses, with a handful of felonies and several years in prison.
In 1999, he pleaded guilty to charges of felony drug and weapons possession and was sentenced to a year in prison.
In 2002, Clinton was sentenced to another year in prison after pleading guilty to a string of driving violations, including unauthorized use of a vehicle, and felony attempted possession of stolen property.
In 2005, he pleaded guilty to charges of felony drug possession and sale. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison.