BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Bridgeport Police Department Tasered and arrested a suspect in connection with a number of burglaries in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport after a lengthy police pursuit, police said.
At 1 p.m. Sept. 18, officers responded to a call about a suspicious person in the area of Livingston Street and Courtland Avenue.
The suspect, Alvin Nieves, 36, was described as wearing blue shorts and a blue New Jersey Nets basketball jersey with the #15 on the back under the name “Carter” on top.
The suspect was also said to be riding a dark-colored bicycle.
Officers searched the area for about 20 minutes until they received another call that Nieves was inside a store near Fairfield Avenue and Brewster Street, police said.
Responding officers found Nieves riding his bike west on Fairfield Avenue at Bennett Street, police said.
As police officers approached in their vehicle, Nieves began pedaling his bike to get away, police said. He turned north on Fox Street and immediately turned right behind a store through a narrow opening in a fence, police said, continuing through a parking lot and onto Bennett Street.
Officers pursued and located him on Bennett Street and began a foot pursuit, police said.
Officers chased Nieves to Fairfield Avenue and then across to Jetland Place, police said.
Officers caught up to Nieves at the rear driveway of St. Ann’s School on Jetland Street, ordering him to stop several times, police said.
After he refused, an officer deployed his Taser and Nieves was taken into custody, police said.
Nieves said he ran because he had illegal pills in his possession, police said, saying he had swallowed 10 unknown pills and had used cocaine earlier in the day.
Nieves was transported by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital.
Following his arrest, Bridgeport Police Department received a call reporting that Nieves had broken into a home that afternoon.
Officers responded to Courtland Avenue to meet the witness, who said that she was walking down the third floor stairs when she heard someone running down the second floor stairs, police said.
The witness told officers she saw a Hispanic male with blue shorts and a blue basketball jersey with the #15 and the name “Carter” on the back get on a dark-colored bike on the front lawn and quickly ride off, police said.
She recognized the suspect as Nieves, police said.
The witness said that she did not believe anything was taken, police said.
Nieves was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, breach of peace, and interfering with a police officer/resisting arrest. Bond was set at $10,000.
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