Webster Bank robbed in Bridgeport, suspect in custody

UPDATED 3:25 p.m. Wednesday

Two men allegedly held up a Webster Bank branch in northern Bridgeport at gunpoint Wednesday morning, but one of the suspects was captured within minutes of the incident.

Police said 54-year-old Tyrone King, of Atlantic Street, was arrested in connection with the incident. He was reportedly in custody within 20 minutes of the robbery.

The bank at 3546 Main Street was robbed shortly after 9 a.m. by two men in black ski masks. Police said one of the men flashed an orange-colored weapon and ordered bank customers to the ground.

The men fled the bank with cash, but police began searching the area with canines and found out the suspects had fled in a black Acura.

Sgt. James Remele then saw a vehicle matching that description but lost sight of it. The Acura was located unoccupied at Park and Olive streets. Police then saw King and detained him; the bank employees later identified him as one of the robbers.

Authorities also said they recovered cash and an orange flare gun. The other robbery suspect remained at large Wednesday afternoon.

It was the second bank robbery in the area in two days.

The suspect in the Milford robbery

The suspect in the Milford robbery

Milford police released clearer images Wednesday of the man who held up The Milford Bank at 205 Bridgeport Avenue there, shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, claiming to have a bomb.

The suspect entered the bank, a walked up to a teller, placed a paper bag on the counter and indicated that it contained a bomb, Lt. Vaughan Dumas said.

The suspect fled, leaving the bag on the counter, and the bank was evacuated as a precaution, officials said. The surrounding area was also cordoned off and the State Police Bomb Squad was called in to assist.

State police determined that the scene was safe at about 10:30 a.m., and detectives entered the bank to begin their investigation.

The suspect in the Milford holdup is described as about 6 feet tall with a medium build, wearing an AT&T hard hat, safety glasses, work gloves, a red flannel shirt jacket and dark pants, Dumas said.

When the suspect left the bank he ran toward Lenox Avenue, where a vehicle may have been waiting, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jeff  Cortes at 203-877-1465.


Frank Juliano