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Stamford man gets 10 years for knifepoint robbery

September 19, 2018

STAMFORD — A city man with a long criminal history has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for stabbing a woman in the chest during a brazen daytime robbery that was caught on video.

Donnell “Lucky” Blake, 41 has been jailed in lieu of $500,000 bond since his arrest and appeared this week before Judge Gary White. The judge called his criminal record “horrendous” for drug convictions, assaults and probation violations.

Blake, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to first-degree assault, was arrested minutes after he robbed a 29-year-old woman at knifepoint on Henry Street in July 2017.

Officers arrived at the South End crime scene within a minute of the incident and found the woman badly bleeding and screaming in pain from four stab wounds to the chest, police said.

The woman’s cousin gave a description of the suspect and said he went by the nickname, “Lucky.” She told police he was wearing a red shirt, jean shorts and a hat.

The victim told police the man asked for money and stabbed her when she said she didn’t have any, police said. A few moments later, Officer Eric Soderholm saw a man fitting the suspect’s description walking along nearby Pulaski Street.

The man, later identified as Blake, was stopped and identified as the suspect by the robbery victim. Blake was charged with armed robbery and assault. The armed robbery charge was nolled by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Valdes.

Public Defender Barry Butler said his client’s brother and sister said Blake was a good man, who became involved with the wrong people and developed a debilitating drug problem. After getting out of prison, Butler said Blake plans to live with his mother in North Carolina.

White said the robbery, which was captured on a surveillance camera, was “awful.”

White said Blake should get more jail time, but because he seemed to be trying to get his life in order, the judge gave him leniency and did not add a parole sentence.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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