A 29-year-old Bridgeport man, suspected of committing three Fairfield robberies in the last two days, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after leading police on a car chase into Bridgeport. Joshua Santiago Yard, of Grand Street in Bridgeport, went into the Southport News & Deli, 3546 Post Road, shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, wearing a black ski mask, police said. He threatened to shoot the clerk, and after he was handed money, fled the premises, although no gun was displayed, police said.
Yard fled in a car, heading east on the Post Road and onto Interstate 95, and Officer Daniel Victoria spotted the car getting off I-95 onto Commerce Drive on the other side of town. Yard was chased by Fairfield and Bridgeport onto Maplewood Avenue and Poplar Street in the city, where he ditched the car and took off on foot, according to the report.
He was captured after a short foot pursuit about a block away on Hancock Avenue in Bridgeport.
Yard was charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, fifth-degree larceny, reckless endangerment and interfering with an officer. He was held on a $150,000 bond.
Yard also is a possible suspect in the robberies at a local Cumberland Farms outlet and Andros Diner early Monday, police said.
There was no weapons shown in either of those incidents, police said, nor was any threat made.
The first incident occurred just before 4 a.m. Monday at the Cumberland Farms on Kings Highway East, where the robber, after demanding money, was given a small amount of cash by a clerk, police said. The suspect then went to the Andros Diner at Villa Avenue and Tunxis Hill Road around 4:20 a.m., where he again demanded money. But as the manager walked to the register closest to the kitchen, the suspect fled on foot, empty-handed.
Police believe that suspect also may be the same person who robbed the McDonald's restaurant at the corner of State Street and Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport.