Bridgeport man captured by Westport police after manhunt
Updated 4:46 pm, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
WESTPORT — A traffic stop led to an hour-long manhunt Saturday morning after the driver of a car dropped a handgun as he fled from officers, police said.
Later on Oct. 14, police identified the suspect as Dahonta J. Robert-Hilliard, 27, of Bridgeport.
He was charged with carrying a firearm without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, third-degree burglary, interfering with an officer, criminal possession of a firearm, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, misuse of plates, improper display of marker plate and operating a motor vehicle under suspension, police said.
An officer pulled over a suspicious vehicle on Bridge Street about 11 a.m. on Oct. 14. When the officer asked the driver to exit his vehicle, the man fled on foot. Police said the man tossed away a firearm as he ran.
After securing the firearm, Westport police established a perimeter around the area, cordoning off Compo Road South from Bridge Street to Ivanhoe Road and alerting nearby residents to remain indoors due to a possibly-armed suspect roaming the area.
Additional units from the Norwalk Police Department and K-9 units from Fairfield were brought to the scene to help police track down the suspect.
Around noon, police located the man hiding in a shed at the rear of a Keyser Road residence.
While apprehending the subject, police said that the suspect sustained wounds from the K-9 unit. He was transported to a hospital to be treated for “minor injuries,” police said.
Robert-Hilliard was initially held on a $250,000 bond, but that bond was doubled at his arraignment on Oct. 16 when police discovered the origin of the firearm.
After a thorough investigation, police found that Robert-Hilliard had taken the firearm during a residential burglary in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2016. Police said that in addition to the bond, there is a federal detainer for Robert-Hilliard. Additional charges are expected to be brought against him, police said.
Robert-Hilliard is next scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 15. Police said he remains in custody at this time.
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Staff reporter Tara O’Neill contributed reporting.