Bridgeport man arrested after holding up restaurant with sock


Bridgeport – A man who was caught in a  citizen’s arrest Thursday after he held up a restaurant with a sock, faces charges in connection with another robbery just last week.

31-year-old Juan Carlos Velasco, of Bridgeport, was caught by a witness after he attempted to rob Mi Pueblo Restaurant, according to a press release by the Bridgeport Police Department.

Velasco entered the restaurant, located at 3837 Main St., Thursday with his face covered in a bandanna and pointed his hand, covered in a white sock as if a gun, at worker demanding cash.

When the worker turned it over, Velasco fled and rode off in a bike. But a man chased him on foot. As Velasco fled he took off his clothes and threw down the stolen money. He eventually hit a large stone and fell off the bike. He attempted to flee on foot but the man caught him.

Cops arriving on scene on report of the robbery apprehended Velasco. He was identified as the victim by the robber.

According to Bridgeport detectives, Velasco fits the description of a man who held up a Subway restaurant last week on June 19. he was wearing the same pants and sneakers in both incidents, according to police.

Velasco later admitted to detectives that he was responsible for both robberies.

He faces charges of first degree robbery.


Fausto Giovanny Pinto