Police manhunt ends with burglary, BB gun arrest (UPDATE)
The Trumbull Police Department responded to a burglary attempt at a Sunnycrest Road home around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, which resulted in a hour-long manhunt through Old Town Road in Trumbull and into the Chopsey Hill Road area in Bridgeport.
Police said Geraldo Maldonado, 19, of Forestview Road in Bridgeport, was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, interfering with an officer, and criminal attempt at burglary in the first degree.
Maldonado was arrested close to his home on Forestview Road following the lengthy foot pursuit and could face additional burglary charges, according to Trumbull Lt. Leonard Scinto.
“The suspect faces numerous charges for this incident and an investigation will be conducted to determine if he is responsible for other recent burglaries,” Lt. Scinto said in a press release.
Lt. Scinto added that during the pursuit, Maldonado was carrying a handgun, which he dropped when confronted by police. He then continued running south towards the Merritt Parkway, while several Trumbull and Bridgeport officers, as well as K9 units, responded to the area.
Several area schools went into lockdown as a result of the nearby foot pursuit, according to the release.
Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the recovered weapon was found to be a BB gun.
The suspect’s age took a few hours to confirm as Maldonado was "tentatively identified as a juvenile who resided nearby," Lt. Scinto said.
Maldonado is being held on a $25,000 bond.