Police: Suspect caught in Stonington was wanted for murder

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Stonington — The man who fled a traffic stop but was captured near the Pawcatuck Little League complex Sunday night was wanted for fatally shooting a man in Georgia, state police said.

Police said they stopped a car on Interstate 95 South for speeding around 5 p.m. and learned the passenger, Robert Donell Annunziata, 33, of McDonough, Ga., had an arrest warrant for the charge of homicide-willful kill with a gun.

Robert Donell Annunziata
Robert Donell Annunziata

A Stonington officer responded to assist, but when police got Annunziata out of the car, he fled, police said.

State police, K-9s and officers from Ledyard, Groton Town and Stonington searched for Annunziata and — thanks to a tip from someone watching a game at the complex on North Anguilla Road — found him "hunkered down" in the woods nearby.

Police said a police dog bit Annunziata on his right calf as they apprehended him. A crew took Annunziata to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Annunziata was charged with being a negligent pedestrian, interfering with an officer, second-degree breach of peace and being a fugitive from justice.

In Atlanta, a police report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution alleges Annunziata opened fire on three people outside Atlantis Restaurant and Lounge on May 25. He shot and killed one employee and injured two others following an argument over the price of admission into the club, the AJC.com reported.

l.boyle@theday.com

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