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

Jonathan Arzu (Photo provided by the Milford Police Department)
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