Police: Bridgeport man again arrested for robbing woman at Milford hotel

Jonathan Arzu (Photo provided by the Milford Police Department)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The so-called “backpage bandit” has been arrested for a second time.

Police say 23-year-old Jonathan Arzu has been robbing women at Milford hotels and motels while they were offering services on backpage.com, a classified advertising website. The Bridgeport man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly forcing his way into a room in May with two accomplices, pistol whipping a woman, then taking money, a purse, and a wallet.

Arzu was also arrested in September for a similar incident. Police say he and two accomplices forced their way into a room in July, tied a woman with a phone cord, held a knife to her neck, and took her money and phone.

The Laurel Avenue man is facing several charges from the two incidents, including first-degree robbery, unlawful restraint, and third-degree larceny