A New Haven man was arrested on Thursday, September 16, 2021, and charged for his involvement in a series of crimes that occurred last October, when he fled from the scene of a motor vehicle accident, robbed a motorist nearby, attempted to break into a home, and made his escape in a stolen vehicle. Jerome Campbell, age 48, of Howe Street, New Haven, was charged by Trumbull Police at the Bridgeport Superior Court after he was transferred from the Cheshire Correctional Institution, where he was being held for other crimes.
On Saturday, October 17, 2020, at around 2:30 AM, the Trumbull Police were notified of a one-car motor vehicle accident on Main St. (Route 25), North of Route 111, where a vehicle ran off the road and was left abandoned. A man, later identified as Campbell, was seen running away from the accident scene carrying a handgun.
As officers were responding, they received a report of a man that had just been robbed at gunpoint, in the Route 25/ Route 111 commuter lot, where he was sitting in his vehicle. This victim had his vehicle’s back window smashed out, then a gun was pointed at him as the suspect demanded money. The victim complied and Campbell fled, running towards Broadway Road.
Around 3:00 AM, a Broadway Road resident reported hearing glass break at the rear of their home. Officers responded to this residence, but the suspect had already left. Police observed video footage from the home, and were able to identify Campbell as the suspect before he fled the area.
The Connecticut State Police were notified and assisted with investigating the robbery and search for Campbell. The Stratford and Trumbull Police Departments’ K9 units were also notified and assisted in the search, but were unsuccessful.
Later that morning, police learned that Campbell had fled the area in a vehicle that was stolen from a construction site nearby at 6540 Main Street, and later recovered in Bridgeport. Trumbull Police detectives processed all the crime scenes and recovered evidence linking Campbell to the series of crimes. No injuries were reported during any of these incidents.
Campbell was processed and charged with Robbery 1st degree, Larceny 3rd degree, Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, and Evading Responsibility for the motor vehicle accident. He was held on a $75,000 and appeared in Bridgeport Superior Court for arraignment on September 16, 2021.