OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5534

AN ACT CONCERNING ROBBERY COMMITTED AT A BANK OR CREDIT UNION.

SUMMARY:

This bill specifies certain actions that, when committed at a bank or credit union, may constitute the threat of the immediate use of physical force upon someone else for purposes of the robbery statutes. Under the bill, the activity includes someone who, with intent to cause someone else to fear for his or her physical safety, (1) willfully makes a statement or engages in conduct such as wearing a mask, hood, or other device designed to conceal his or her identity and (2) causes the other person to reasonably fear for his or her physical safety.

By law, someone commits robbery when, in the course of committing a larceny, the person uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person to (1) prevent or overcome resistance to the taking of the property or to the retention of the property immediately after the taking or (2) compel the property owner or another person to deliver the property or to engage in other conduct which aids in the commission of the larceny. Robbery is divided into three degrees, and ranges from a class B felony (1st degree) to a class D felony (3rd degree).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

42

Nay

0

(04/02/2012)