Man arrested in robbery caught on Facebook video

A Bridgeport man is facing multiple charges he allegedly confessed to city police this week that he robbed a man in an incident captured on three different videos.

City officers spotted 40-year-old Alonzo “Pooch” Sloan on Stratford Avenue earlier this week and arrested him on an outstanding warrant. They also charged him with first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree robbery and third-degree assault in connection with a robbery that happened on Jan. 27.

The victim told city police that on that day he was brought by people he knew to the area of Stratford and Newfield avenues. He told police he thought they had “set him up” because a crowd of people then began taunting him for talking to police, calling him a “snitch” among other names.

The victim said he went into a nearby store but when he tried to leave, Sloan blocked him then robbed him of $15 and a bottle of liquor as the crowd watched before punching him. The victim was taken to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

After the January incident, investigators obtained video from city cameras in the area that show the victim going down, and video from the store also shows the robbery. A third video, from Facebook, provided by the victim’s family showed the suspect and has sound of the taunting crowd.

Investigators passed out photos of the suspect to officers who patrol the eastern part of the city and one saw Sloan on Friday around 8 p.m. When interviewed by police, Sloan reportedly waived his Miranda rights and admitted he was the one in the video and that he had taken the liquor and money.

Sloan’s bond was set at $100,000.

Wes Duplantier