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Man Faces Robbery, Firearm Charges

Suspect is charged in connection with robbing pedestrian at gunpoint.

 

A man is being held on a $250,000 bond following his arrest on robbery, firearms and larceny charges stemming from two separate incidents in Greenwich this week.

According to a Greenwich Police report, it all started with the theft of a bicycle from behind the CVS at 120 E. Putnam Ave. in the Cos Cob section about 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Police say it was that red metallic bike with two bandanas tied to it that was used by a man who robbed a pedestrian later that night as the man walked on Fairfield Road, near Brookridge Drive.

The pedestrian told police he was approached from behind by a man on a bicycle who pulled out a silver handgun and ordered him to lay on the ground and surrender his cell phone and money, according to the police report. When told he didn't have any money or a cellphone, the robber then took a silver iPad Nano and a driver's license from the victim, shortly after 8 p.m.

The robbery was interrupted by a Good Samaritan who saw the victim lying on the ground and stopped because he thought there had been an accident, according to the report. As the Good Samaritan approached, the robber told the victim to get up and "act natural" and returned the driver's license before fleeing on the bicycle.

On Nov. 20, Greenwich detectives got a lead on the suspect's identity with information from an informant, according to the report. Based upon that information, police searched a Sinawoy Road home where they found the silver handgun—a .40-caliber semi-automatic Taurus—with ammunition, and the red bicycle diassembled and its parts inside two Dumpsters on the property, according to police. Police said he was living at the residence with his 17-year-old girlfriend and her family.

The suspect is accused of giving police a false name before confessing to the crimes, according to the report.

Detectives arrested Lamar S. Lawrence, 19, of 130 Sylvan Ave., New Haven, on sixth-degree larceny, first-degree robbery, interfering with police, risk of injury to a minor and criminal possession of a firearm. Bond was set at $250,000 and his parole officer ordered Lawrence not be released from custody, according to the report.

He is scheduled to appear Nov. 28 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

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