A 39-year-old man who held up the Pequot Liquor Post in the Southport section of town Thursday afternoon was apprehended as he was trying to flee by taking command of a vehicle stopped at a nearby traffic light, police said.

Marc Gaus, of Migeon Avenue in Torrington, was taken into custody shortly after the 1:30 p.m. holdup at the liquor store, 3420 Post Road, where police said he displayed a knife and demanded money from a clerk.

He fled on foot in the direction of Post Road and Pease Avenue, according to reports, and was spotted by Officer Lance Newkirchen as he was trying to gain entry to a vehicle that had stopped at the intersection for a red traffic light.

Gaus was taken into custody as additional officers arrived on the scene, where police said both the cash stolen from the liquor store and the knife used during the robbery were recovered. He was taken into custody without incident. Police said he entered the store and threatened the clerk by brandising the knife, before forcibly taking cash and cigarettes

Gaus was charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree threatening. He is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Feb. 19.