A Bridgeport man has been charged in Monday’s incident in which he allegedly tried to force another man to withdraw money from a Fairfield bank.
Alfred M. Capozziello III, 44, of 139 Hawthorne St., was charged by Fairfield Police with criminal attempt to commit second-degree robbery, second-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree threatening and breach of beach.
On April 22, police said, Capozziello ordered an acquaintance to travel with him to TD Bank North, 1715 Black Rock Tpke., to withdraw funds from the victim’s personal bank account to cover a debt.
Capozziello was reported to have threatened the victim with a firearm, but police said no guns were found.
They said Capozziello admitted to threatening to harm the victim.
Responding officers were informed that a male described to be wearing a red and black jacket may be involved in the incident. Two Fairfield officers who were working a private duty job were in the area and responded to the call. Officers Vaspasiano and Dimarco located a male fitting the description walking out of the bank, where he was detained pending further investigation. He was subsequently identified as Capozziello.
Inside the bank, the victim claimed that he had just been “robbed.” He told police he had been at his residence in Bridgeport when two men one of whom he knew as Capozziello, entered his house and demanded at gunpoint that he accompany them to a bank to withdraw money. The two men drove him to the TD Bank in attempt to force him to withdraw money. He alerted the teller inside the bank, who called 911.
The second suspect left in a Mercedes prior to police arrival. The car has not been located and the registration plate is unknown.
The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, no further description.
Police said any reports of weapons being displayed in this crime are unconfirmed. There is no available video at this time.
Capozziello’s bond was $10,000 for court May 8.
The investigation continues, Fairfield police said Tuesday. On Monday, Bridgeport police confirmed they are working with Fairfield investigators.