BRIDGEPORT—A Stratford man was charged with home invasion and weapons violations after a predawn manhunt on the border of Bridgeport and Fairfield, police said.

Around 6:30 a.m. Oct. 18, police arrested Markus Denzel Smith, 22, of Stratford.

Fairfield police began searching for the suspect just after 4 a.m. when a homeowner on Brooklawn Terrace reported hearing “suspicious noises” and found a door open in their home.

“(Officers) located a backpack outside, near the door. Inside the backpack were several items, including a handgun,” said Fairfield Police Department spokesman Lt. Robert Kalamaras. “Additional patrols responded to the area to set up a perimeter including K-9 Maverick.”

Bridgeport police also helped with the perimeter, including one patrol unit seen silently cruising Brooklawn Terrace around 6 a.m., scouring yards with a spotlight.

The police dog tracked the suspect’s direction of travel, helping an officer see him “running through yards on Marne Avenue” near Sedan Terrace, police said.

Smith was charged with home invasion, second-degree burglary, criminal trespass, attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny, criminal possession of a firearm and interfering with an officer. He was held on a $500,000 bond.