Trumbull mall armed robbery suspect surrenders to police after crashing car, standoff in Bridgeport


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A suspect in an armed robbery incident that occurred at the Trumbull mall Friday night surrendered to police after a standoff incident.

Police say the armed robbery took place at Zales Jewelers in the Trumbull Mall shortly after 7 p.m. Police learned that the lone male suspect, later identified as 24-year-old Eddie Lynch of New Haven, had entered the store brandishing a handgun, which he used to shatter a glass display case. While doing this, the gun apparently discharged, firing one bullet. No injuries were reported.

The man allegedly grabbed several gold chains and fled the area on foot, according to police. The accused fled the mall onto Main Street and continued a car pursuit until the driver lost control at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Anton Street in Bridgeport.

Police say a victim was hit by the fleeing car and was transported to the hospital.

The suspect remained in the vehicle resulting in a six-hour standoff with Bridgeport and Trumbull police. Bridgeport PD secured the area as they negotiated with the suspect on the scene. Police said Lynch fired his gun at the officers at least once during the standoff.

At 1:11 a.m. early Saturday morning, the suspect surrendered to emergency services officers.

Lynch was transported to Trumbull police headquarters, where police said he received multiple charges, including Robbery First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Larceny First Degree, and various others, as well as Criminal Attempted Murder, and Attempted Assault First Degree on a Police Officer.

He was held on a $500,000 bond, pending a court hearing on Dec. 28. A separate $50,000 bond was also set for Lynch for additional motor vehicle charges related to the pursuit.

Police said Lynch was also found to have an active Domestic Violence arrest warrant for assault and strangulation from New Haven police with an additional $20,000 court-set bond. He was also a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

In a separate incident, there was a fatal accident in the Canoe Brook Road area, police say. Officers are still investigating.

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