Suspect arrested for Friday's bank robbery, car arson

A suspect has been arrested in connection to Friday’s armed bank robbery and car arson.

Police say George Bratsenis, 65, of 720 Jewett Ave. in Bridgeport, formerly of Monroe, is one of the men who allegedly held up the Peoples United Bank, at 4180 Madison Ave., last Friday morning.

Police said two men displayed handguns and demanded cash from the drawers, one jumping over the teller counter.

Both had their faces covered by masks and were wearing gloves. They left in a gray Ford Fusion that had been stolen last Thursday, Sept. 25, in a carjacking from the Trumbull Marriott. The car was soon found torched, nearby, in a parking lot at Westfield Trumbull. The suspects had reportedly escaped in two separate cars.

Bratsenis was stopped Monday while driving a white Chevy S-10 pick-up truck in Bridgeport at around 4 p.m. This was the same type of vehicle described by witnesses as the one used by the suspects to flee the west parking lot of the Trumbull mall, moments after the robbery and moments after setting fire to the Ford Fusion, driven to the bank.

While Bratsenis is charged with the robbery of the bank, the charges are not connected to the armed carjacking, according to Lt. Leonard Scinto.

Two search and seizure warrants were later served by detectives from the Trumbull Police Department, assisted by members of the Bridgeport Police Departments emergency services unit.

Bratsenis is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree larceny, second-degree arson, and weapons in a motor vehicle. The weapons charge stems from Bratsenis allegedly having a long-bladed kitchen knife in his car.

Bratsenis is being held on $1 million and he is due in court Oct. 8.

At least one other suspect is still at large and there is an ongoing investigation to identify this person, according to police.