Suspect in Fairfield bank robbery nabbed year after heist
The suspect in the April 2010 robbery of the People's United Bank office on Stratfield Road was arrested Thursday after he was spotted by a police officer on a road-work assignment.
Michael Targouski, 37, of Knapps Highway, was taken into custody without incident by a patrol officer, who was alerted to the suspect's whereabouts by the officer on the road job.
Targouski was charged with third-degree robbery and third-degree burglary. While being searched by police, morphine and Seroquel pills in a latex glove were allegedly found in Targouski's possession. As a result, he was also charged with possession of narcotics and failure to keep drugs in their original container.
In the April 7, 2010, robbery of the bank, police charge that Targouski, wearing a black mask, walked into the bank and handed the teller a note, demanding money. He left with about $2,000, but a dye pack was concealed among the bills and it later exploded. Witnesses reported seeing a red pickup truck speed from the bank's parking lot as smoke from the dye pack billowed from the truck bed.
After what police said was a lengthy investigation they were able to link Targouski to the red pickup, which had been stolen from a Fairfield business the prior evening. That led authorities to charge Targouski with the robbery as well.
He was held on $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear June 17 in Bridgeport Superior Court.