Trumbull K-9 helps Bridgeport police nab robbery suspects

Two Bridgeport men face charges after a home invasion they committed near their house.

Bridgeport Officer Jarah Mathews-Dixon and other officers responded to 287 Davenport Ave., on Nov. 30, at about 1:45 a.m., and encountered the victims outside, yelling and pointing in the direction the suspects had fled.

Police checked the area and Mathews-Dixon saw a male jump a fence onto Alex Street and run up the front stairs to 146 Alex St. The man then started banging on the door yelling, “Let me in.”

Mathews-Dixon ran to the location and detained the man. As he did, a second male opened the door and he also was detained.

Police subsequently located items stolen during the robbery nearby, along with a clear mask that resembled one that was worn by a suspect during the robbery. Trumbull police assisted with a K-9, who tracked from the mask and discarded 50-inch flat screen TV directly to the front stairs where the suspects were detained.

The victims later were taken to the location and identified both men as robbers. The incident remains under investigation. The victims said there was a third suspect whom police are trying to identify.

The victims said there was a knock at the door. One victim said when he opened the door slightly, the robbers pushed their way in and demanded money.

They fled with cash, the television and other items. One of the victims said he believed he knew one of the assailants and said he went by the nickname, Batman.

Police arrested Anthony “Batman” Clemons, 47, and Lamar Howell, 21.

Both men were charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, conspiracy, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny. In addition, Clemons was charged with third-degree assault and third-degree sexual assault.

Clemons was held on $100,000. Howell was held on $75,000 bond.