Police nab shoeless robbery suspect

Reginald Chavis (Police photo)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – Police interrupted a street robbery Thursday, leading to a foot chase in which the suspect lost both his shoes.

Reginald Chavis, 19, of Bridgeport, is charged with criminal attempt at first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, criminal use of a firearm, interfering with police and additional gun charges.

Police said yelling was heard and Chavis was spotted standing over another person at a gas station at 1267 Fairfield Ave. He then started to walk away, and Officer Anthony Gianpoalo gave chase. Police established a perimeter and used police dogs to track the suspect to his hiding spot behind a building at 313 Clinton Ave.

According to police, Chavis approached the alleged victim and ordered him at gunpoint to go inside and open the cash register. But the two struggled and alleged victim was thrown to the ground.

During the chase, the suspect lost both his shoes, and Bridgeport K-9 Balu used them to track him, police said.

Officer Keith Hanson later found the gun allegedly used in the robbery, under a car on Colorado Avenue. Police said they are also checking if Chavis may have committed any more robberies in Bridgeport.

His bond was set at $75,000 for an appearance in Bridgeport Superior Court.

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