Westfield armed robbery suspect also charged in New Haven shooting

A man arrested in a New Haven shooting after a chase December 22 is facing additional charges in armed robberies outside malls in Milford and Trumbull.

On around 8 p.m. last Saturday, New Haven Police officers responded to assist West Haven Police in pursuit of a motor vehicle and suspect wanted for the armed robbery from Milford. The pursuit continued through New Haven and ended in the Newhallville neighborhood with a motor vehicle accident involving the suspect’s vehicle and a West Haven police vehicle.

A firearm was seized from the suspect’s vehicle.

The driver, Darryl Huckabee, 46, was taken into police custody on a New Haven shooting warrant and taken to a hospital for minor injuries from the accident.

Huckabee’s arrest follows an investigation of person shot on Bassett Street in New Haven last Wednesday. Police believe the shooting stemmed from a dispute between Huckabee and another man about a woman.

In the shooting investigation, Huckabee was charged with assault in the first degree, criminal possession of a firearm, and carrying a pistol without a permit.

He remains in New Haven police custody.

Huckabee is facing additional charges in armed robberies outside the the Connecticut Post mall in Milford on Saturday and the Westfield Trumbull mall on Friday.

Milford Police Officer Mike DeVito said Milford police plan to issue a warrant for the suspect’s arrest on robbery and larceny charges, among others.

He is accused of showing a silver or gray gun during a robbery at the mall parking lot around 7:45 p.m Saturday. The victim was not injured, DeVito said.

DeVito said Milford officers immediately gave other departments the man’s description and his car was spotted.

Trumbull police said the man captured by New Haven police has been linked to the robbery of two women leaving the Westfield Trumbull mall Friday night.

Captain Keith Golding said the Trumbull robbery happened around 10:30 p.m. when the shoppers were accosted by a lone man with a handgun. They were robbed of cash and personal property.

“Trumbull police detectives collected evidence, conducted interviews and compared detailed information with investigators in Milford and New Haven to determine conclusively that the same suspect was responsible for both crimes,” Golding said.