Man who fled from Groton police, U.S. marshals in custody

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Groton —  A North Carolina man wanted in that state on numerous home invasion and weapons charges fled this morning from U.S. marshals and town police as they attempted to serve him with a warrant.

Groton Town Lt. John Varone said police attempted to serve a warrant from North Carolina on Bacardi Robinson, a convicted felon, at 8 a.m. at Navy housing on Burningtree Drive, but Robinson jumped out of a second-story window, avoiding police and leading to a search that involved multiple police agencies.

Robinson, whose address is listed as 435 Burningtree Drive, was later apprehended at a home on Driftwood Circle.

When police attempted to serve the warrant at Burningtree Drive, Varone said there was a report that shots were fired at the scene. He said they are still investigating who fired the shots.

A source said that a police officer's gun discharged when a police dog bit the officer on the hand.

As Robinson fled the scene, police quickly set up a perimeter of the area and closed several roads, including Gungywamp Road between Pelican Drive and Route 184. The roads have since reopened.

Varone then said they received a 911 call, saying that the suspect entered an occupied home on Driftwood Circle. There were two occupants in the home. One occupant managed to walk out of the house while the other escaped uninjured through a bedroom window.

Varone said police sent out a reverse 911 call warning area residents to shelter in place and wait for police to safely evacuate them from their homes.

He said police were about to start evacuations when they were able to apprehend Robinson. During the arrest, Varone said Robinson resisted arrest and injured two police officers.

Varone said a police dog bit Robinson. They also had to use a stun gun to subdue him. He was restrained on a stretcher and taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

Varone said they are trying to determine what brought Robinson to the area.

Fayetteville, N.C., police said Robinson is wanted there for allegedly committing two home invasions last month. On June 3, he and an unnamed accomplice rang a doorbell and forced their way into the home of a 63-year-old victim.

Police said the suspects assaulted the victim and held him at gunpoint while they demanded money and property.

Police said Robinson again was involved in a June 14 home invasion, where a 57-year-old victim was robbed at gunpoint.

He is also a suspect in another home invasion that occurred last month in Spring Lake, N.C., police said.

Groton City, Ledyard, Waterford, Stonington, New London and state police also assisted in the search Friday.

Groton Town police initially held Robinson in lieu of a $100,000 bond on a fugitive from justice charge. Bail was increased by $750,000 with additional charges of home invasion, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, third-degree robbery, theft of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, sixth-degree larceny, two counts of assault on a police officer, interfering with an officer and possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell. 

He is due to appear Monday in New London Superior Court.

i.larraneta@theday.com

Twitter: @larraneta

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