Suspect in Fairfield bank robbery nabbed year after heist
Published 12:50 pm, Friday, June 10, 2011
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.