On May 17, 2019 at approximately 14:52 hours, the Fairfield Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center received a report of a motor vehicle crash in front of Super Stop & Shop at 1160 Kings Hwy Cutoff, Fairfield. Shortly after receiving the report of the crash, the Emergency Communications Center received a report of a hold up alarm Peoples Bank inside the same Super Stop & Shop. Communications personnel made contact with People’s Bank who stated they had just been robbed by an Indian male wearing a black jacket who had passed a written note demanding cash. The suspected received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store.
Fairfield Police Officers responded to the scene and immediately received information from witnesses that a sliver sedan type vehicle had fled out of the lot at a high rate of speed, causing a motor vehicle crash at the exit to Stop & Shop on Kings Highway Cutoff. The vehicle was then seen traveling east bound on Kings Highway Cutoff. Another witness then reported a vehicle with heavy front end damage had just entered I-95 southbound at Meadowbrook Road.
The Connecticut State Police, utilizing traffic cameras, observed a vehicle on the shoulder of I-95 Southbound near exit 17 in Westport. The vehicle matched the description given by witnesses and appeared to have heavy front end damage. The vehicle was stopped on the shoulder and the operator appeared to be examining the damage to his vehicle. As responding Fairfield Officers approached the area, the suspect returned to his vehicle and engaged Officers in a short pursuit. The vehicle exited the highway at Exit 17 and crashed nearby in Westport on Route 136 at Ferry Lane. The operator/suspect then fled on foot and Officers engaged him in a short foot pursuit. The suspect was located near the I-95 southbound entrance ramp, after having crossed all lane of travel on I95, and was taken into custody with the assistance of the Westport Police Department.
The suspect was identified as Nirav Patel (DOB 11/25/89) of New Britain, CT. Patel has been charged Robbery 2nd Degree, Larceny 4th Degree and Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree. He was additionally charged with Evading Responsibility of an Accident, Engaging in Pursuit, Reckless Driving and Failure to Obey a Traffic Signal. Patel is currently being held on a $100,000.00 bond.
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