Man charged with trying to rob woman downtown
A Bridgeport man with an extensive criminal history faces charges after police said he tried to rob a woman walking on Unquowa Place Wednesday night.
Jeremy Mitchell, 23, of Quinlan Avenue, Bridgeport, was behind the wheel of a car stopped in a driveway on Unquowa Place around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The car was protruding onto the sidewalk and he motioned to the woman to walk around the vehicle.
Mitchell then told the woman, "I have a gun, but I won't hurt you," and got out of the car holding something in his right hand, police said.
The woman said she was frightened for her life, and immediately turned around, ran back to the nearby downtown train station and called 911. Police later found the car behind Blinn's toy store on Unquowa Place. Mitchell was not in the car, but a female passenger was and, according to the report, she cooperated with police. Officers located Mitchell walking on the Post Road in front of Bob's Store. Mitchell was taken into custody, and police said they found no gun in his possession or in the car.
Mitchell was charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree robbery, threatening and breach of peace. He was held on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear June 25 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
According to police, Stratford police have an active warrant for Mitchell's arrest on a charge of first-degree robbery.