BRISTOL – A city man, who was spared jail time when he pleaded guilty to mugging an elderly man in downtown Bristol in 2018, has been charged with violating his probation.
Michael Pahl, 32, allegedly tested positive twice for cocaine, Fentanyl and marijuna, in addition to struggling with officers when he was arrested in May, according to the arrest warrant.
Pahl this week was charged with one count of violation of probation. He is serving probation after pleading guilty in September to one count of third-degree robbery.
He was given a sentence of three years in prison, suspended, and two years of probation.
In the robbery case, Pahl in March 2018 threw a 69-year-old man to the ground and struggled with him over his wallet outside a local business, according to the police report.
Once he wrestled the wallet away from the man, Pahl took off running.
According to the victim, he was approached by Pahl as he was leaving the Family Dollar, at 59 North Main St. Pahl, who was not known to the victim, asked if he could have a dollar to buy his girlfriend a hamburger.
The victim noticed a nearby girl, but he continued walking. Pahl continued pleading for money, so the 69-year-old, feeling bad for him, took out a dollar from his wallet and gave it to him.
As he was putting his wallet back into his pocket, Pahl attacked him, grabbing him and throwing him to the ground. He then tugged at the wallet, which contained about $50 inside, until he was able to pry it out of the elderly man’s hands.
Pahl then took off running and was later arrested.
According to the probation violation warrant, Pahl struggled with police on May 27, when officers were called to a Bristol home on the report that Pahl forced his way into the home.
Pahl was found nearby. He allegedly resisted police as he was being handcuffed and tried to flee. He was charged with interfering with an officer.
Pahl is being held on $10,000 bond and is expected to appear in Bristol Superior Court on July 9.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.