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Southport News Robbery Suspect Arrested after Pursuit

Joshua Santiago Yard, 29, of Bridgeport was charged in connection to the reported robbery.

[Editor's note: Arrest information is supplied by the Fairfield Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.]

Fairfield police arrested a Bridgeport man today following a robbery reported at Southport News on the Post Road.

Just before 2 p.m., officers were dispatched to Southport News for the third robbery reported in two days within the town of Fairfield. According to the store clerk, cash and a cell phone were stolen. The clerk said the suspect was wearing a black ski mask, black jeans, black gloves, and a camouflage jacket and threatened to kill the clerk with a gun. The suspect, however, did not display a gun or any other sort of weapon, and fled with the cash and phone eastbound on the Post Road in a four-door gray vehicle.

A Fairfield officer spotted the suspect vehicle exiting I-95 on Commerce Drive. The officer attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, but the suspect allegedly disregarded the officer's direction and fled into Bridgeport, engaging officers in a vehicle pursuit and endangering the lives of others and the officers.

The suspect continued driving onto Maplewood Avenue and then onto Poplar Street, where he reportedly abandoned the vehicle and engaged officers on a short foot pursuit.

Police detained the suspect, identified as Joshua Santiago Yard, 29, of Grand Street in Bridgeport, with the assistance of Bridgeport police.

He was charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, reckless endangerment, fifth-degree larceny, and interfering with a police officer. Yard is being held in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

According to the report, Yard has a history of incidents in Fairfield and the investigation continues as police try to determine his involvement in other Fairfield and Bridgeport cases.

Police believe Yard may be connected to an attempted robbery made at Andros Diner and a robbery at Cumberland Farms on Kings Highway East early Monday. He was reportedly spotted riding a bike on Tunxis Hill Road at 2:34 a.m. Monday questioned by police at 2:34 a.m. Monday, shortly before the robberies were reported. He did not have any contraband or stolen items on him at the time, according to the report, and was released.

Fairfield County Commenter January 24, 2013 at 04:53 PM
These comments are disgusting, racist and pseudo-elitist. As a Southport resident for many years, I am embarrassed to see these comments wrapped around a fine community that I know is more opened minded than these comments suggest.
R. Ludlowe January 24, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Click the "Flag as Innapropriate" link on each of the comments that you feel is innappropriate. The Patch is pretty good about responding to these things.
Fairfield County Commenter January 24, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Thank you, Patch, for removing the inappropriate comments.
reg park January 24, 2013 at 07:37 PM
awwww,did the poor little guilty rich white southport liberal weenie get a case of the vapors?
pete liddy January 26, 2013 at 01:36 AM
susan barrett without the mask?
TBL of CT January 26, 2013 at 07:38 PM
the guy is a crook, a criminal, and could have been praying on your property! but the diligence of the FPD apprehended him! do you really care about inappropriate comments or would you rather this creep was walking up your door path? unbelievable. kudos FPD getting another bad guy off the street.
charlie watts January 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM
well said.guys like Fairfield county commenter and r.ludlowe turn my stomach. couple of bed wetters.

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