Bridgeport police arrest 2 in P.T. Barnum robbery

Two Bridgeport men face charges for allegedly assaulting and robbing a woman of $700 of her income tax return.

Officer Fernando Oquendo was sent to the P.T. Barnum public housing complex Thursday morning, Feb. 28, on a report of a robbery, and was told by the victim, a 29-year-old, that she was robbed by two men she knew as “Rob” and “White Boy Tony.”

The victim’s sister, who already was out looking for the robbers, flagged down Oquendo and other officers who had responded and pointed to an apartment in Building 2, into which “Rob” had run.

Police went there, spoke to the resident and, after initial claims that she was there alone, police located Robert C. Dobson, 18, of Bridgeport, recovered the blue hooded sweatshirt he wore during the robbery and arrested him.

Police then developed solid information that the second suspect, “White Boy Tony,” was in an apartment above. Police went there but got no answer when they knocked

They secured a housing authority key and opened the door.

At that point, Lt. Kevin Gilleran was on scene with his K-9 Titus. Gilleran announced his  presence several times with no response. Seeing children’s toys on the floor, he kept Titus on leash to search the apartment. Titus quickly tracked the suspect to a dimly lit area.

Facing Titus, White Boy Tony, later identified as Tony Roten, 19, of Bridgeport, immediately complied with all of Gilleran’s commands and surrendered without incident.

Both men were charged with second-degree robbery, conspiracy, third-degree larceny, and third-degree assault. They were held on $100,000 bond each.

Police recovered $521.

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