Police: Robbery suspect tried to choke woman

Kent Alexander Taylor allegedly knew the victim

Kent Taylor, 48, of Springfield is accused of attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, assault and battery, and cocaine possession. Image courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man is being charged with attempted murder after he allegedly tried to choke a woman who he was trying to rob outside a Springfield fast food restaurant. Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Kent Alexander Taylor, 48, of Springfield is accused of attacking the woman outside the McDonald’s on Main Street in the South End early Tuesday morning.

The victim, a 27 year old woman, told police that she was heading toward the entrance to the restaurant when she was approached by a man that she knew. The suspect, identified as Taylor, allegedly demanded money from her and blocked her from getting inside. She says he threw her to the ground, and then began choking her because he couldn’t find money in her purse.

Delaney says that people inside the McDonald’s saw what was happening and were able to stop Taylor before the victim passed out. She did not need to be taken to the hospital.

Police found Taylor a short time later on Broad Street, and arrested him without incident. In addition to the attempted murder charge, he is being charged with attempted unarmed robbery, assault and battery, and possession of cocaine. He will be arraigned Tuesday in Springfield District Court.

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