Update: Suspect ID'd in kidnap/attempted robbery plot at TD Bank
A man kidnapped Monday afternoon in Bridgeport was forced to accompany two assailants to a Black Rock Turnpike bank, where he was then ordered to withdraw money to settle what one of the kidnappers claimed was an unpaid debt.
That assailant, however, was taken into custody at TD Bank, 1715 Black Rock Turnpike, just before 2 p.m. Monday as the attempted robbery was unfolding.
Identified Tuesday as Alfred M. Capozziello III, 44, of Hawthorne Street in Bridgeport, the suspect was charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct. He posted $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear on the charges May 8 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Another man who accompanied the victim and Capozziello to the bank, police said, fled the scene in a light blue or teal colored, four-door Mercedes Benz CLS500. He remained at large Tuesday.
Neither the victim nor anyone else in the bank was harmed, according to police.
Even though Capozziello told the victim, who was confronted at his home on East Main Street in Bridgeport, that he had a firearm, police said Tuesday there is no solid evidence that any weapon was used to commit the crime. Police found no gun in Capozziello's possession, although he admitted to threatening to harm the man over the debt allegedly owed to him.
The victim had tipped off a TD bank teller that he was being forced to withdraw money, and the bank alerted police by calling "911," according to the report.
Capozziello was captured as he was leaving the bank by two Fairfield officers working nearby the bank at an private-duty assignment. He was taken into custody at gunpoint, police said.
Since the man was kidnapped on East Main Street in Bridgeport, Fairfield police are collaborating on the investigation into the chain of events with police in that city.
Based on preliminary information, police do not believe the incident is related to the April 11 heist at Lenox Jewelers at 2379 Black Rock Turnpike, which also involved a kidnapping. In that robbery, store employees were kidnapped in Meriden by gun-toting bandits and brought back to the Fairfield jewelry store, where they were forced to open the safe. The robbers then fled with the safe contents valued at from $4 to $5 million.
The suspects in that robbery remain at large as of Monday.