3 officers injured, teens held hostage as Marshals try to serve warrant in Groton

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GROTON -- Three officers were injured Friday morning when the Groton Police Department and US Marshals attempted to serve an arrest warrant at 435 Burningtree Drive.

"One point, the subject jumped out of the second-story window. There was gunshots fired. And the subject fled," said Det. Lt. John Varone.

IMG_0327Neither the wanted man, Bacardi Paige Robinson, 25, of Fayetteville North Carolina, nor police were hit by gunfire. The search continued for about an hour, until police received a tip that Robinson had forced his way into a home two blocks away, in the same Naval housing subdivision, at 72 Driftwood Circle.

"Detectives learned that the subject was actually inside the residence and possibly had at least one person hostage," Det. Varone said.

Fox Connecticut has learned a teenage brother and sister were the only people home at the time of the break-in. The boy ran away and called police. Officers carried the girl out of a window.Driftwood Circle in Groton

When Robinson attempted to escape from the back door of the home, officers wrestled him to the ground and used a stun gun on him. Three officers were injured in the chase. One suffered a dog bite at the initial scene and two others were involved in a tussle with Robinson.

The suspect was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London for treatment and will be held as a fugitive from justice, according to Varone.

Residents of this tight-knit community were told to stay in their homes and lock their windows and doors.

“I texted my mom and asked what I should do and she just said to lock the doors and stay low and I heard gunshots,” said Jake Skilbred, who lives next door to the two teens, who escaped uninjured.

Sources say the homeowner of the residence, at which the warrant was to be served, was not home at the time law enforcement arrived because he was out of town on active duty in the Navy. It remains unclear why Robinson, who is wanted for at least three violent home invasions in the area of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was staying in Groton and at this particular residence.

“He is wanted in the state of North Carolina on home invasion, burglary and armed robbery charges. Here, he will be facing at least home invasion, burglary, robbery, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of a firearm,” said Varone.

Robinson is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes division helped with processing of the crime scene. Groton police also received the assistance of five other area police departments in their search for the suspect who is wanted for at least two home invasions in North Carolina last month.

Several roads that were closed in Groton during the search have since been reopened.