SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: CSP, police, K9’s assist Southington PD w/bank robbery suspect search in woods near Rte 8 x24.
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At approximately 9:50 a.m., Southington police received a report of an alarm going off at the TD Bank, located at 121 Main Street. According to Southington police, the suspect, later identified as 44-year-old David Latino, of Naugatuck, passed a note to a teller.
“A white individual who entered the store, gave the teller a note demanded money and undetermined amount of cash was provided to the gentleman,” said Lt. Michael Baribault. “He fled the store he left in a green SUV.”
A Southington officer responding to the scene saw the Latino’s green SUV traveling on West Center Street, and attempted to pull the vehicle over. The SUV stopped momentarily, and then sped away, according to Southington police. Due to slippery road conditions from winter weather Monday morning, the officer did not engage in a pursuit.
A description of the Latino’s SUV was broadcast to surrounding towns. Police in multiple towns reported seeing the green SUV, and it was later reported as stopped on Route 8 in Naugatuck.
Naugatuck and Southington officers began searching for Latino. Troopers were not involved in the pursuit, however a stationary trooper deployed stop sticks helping to blow the tires on Latino’s vehicle. He fled the car and Naugatuck police followed.
“One of our officers, on foot pursued, the suspect across the Naugatuck river,” said Lt. Bryan Cammarata of the Naugatuck Police Department. “Directly across from where the car broke down was the High rock forest area which is a very dense wooded forest The subject got up into there and then obviously it becomes a lot more difficult to track where the individual went.”
A State Police bloodhound assisted with the search, and State Police canine teams were en-route. The search took almost two hours, but police were able to locate Latino with the help of canines. Latino also had something else tracking him.
“There was a pack of money that was in there with a tracking device that helped us locate him too once he got away,” said Lt. Baribault.
Southington police are still conducting their investigation of the bank robbery. They say no weapon was shown or implied when Latino spoke to the teller.
Laurel Ledge School in Beacon Falls was placed on lockdown for a short period of time but that has since been lifted.
According to Southington police, Latino was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. He will face charges related to the bank robbery upon his release from hospital care.