Stratford standoff with suspected bank robber ends peacefully

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–  A quiet Stratford neighborhood was suddenly swarming with federal agents Thursday morning. U.S. Marshals, FBI agents, state and local police converged on a house because inside was a very wanted man.

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Bryce Laister (Photo Courtesy: Stratford Police Department)

Starting around 6 a.m., the center of attention for a couple dozen law enforcement officers was 76 Pleasantview Avenue. Police warned neighbors to get inside and stay there. Police say a suspect inside the home had multiple warrants out for his arrest, and when U.S. marshals came for him, he started a standoff.

“[The suspect] barricaded himself in a bedroom,” said Stratford police spokesman Capt. Frank Eannotti. “He was apparently armed at that time. A brief standoff ensued, and [the suspect] subsequently surrendered to officers a short time later.”

Police were eventually able to arrest the suspect, who has been identified as Bryce Laister, 25, peacefully.

No one was hurt, no shots fired. Officers even helped the suspect smoke a cigarette after he was handcuffed. He was a friend of the son of the owners of the house, and was staying with them, according to another family member.

Police told them the suspect was wanted for bank robbery. An FBI agent was seen counting a wad of cash seized as evidence. The whole standoff lasted about an hour and a half.The incident remains under investigation.

“Everybody in the neighborhood is safe, so we’re happy that the situation resolved itself this way,” said Capt. Eannotti.

Laister was charged with having a pistol without a permit and criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon among other charges.

Stratford police would not give details about other crimes the suspect may have committed, only that the Shelton Police Department was the lead agency, signalling that he might have robbed a bank in Shelton. Stratford police said there were several other jurisdictions where Laister was also wanted.

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