Stamford police officers were led Wednesday afternoon on a chase through downtown Stamford after police attempted to stop a suspect following a narcotics operation, police announced Thursday.
According to Lt. Tim Shaw, officers in the Narcotics and Organized Crime Division were monitoring the activities of a suspect identified as Frank Joseph Toth, 26, of Arrow Head Pl. in Stratford but with whom police in Stamford were previously familiar.
The suspect was allegedly witnessed traveling in a Chevy Cruze on Mayflower Ave. when he stopped and conducted what police believed to be a narcotics transaction. When officers, with the assistance of Patrol units, attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, the suspect led police on a chase "across town," Shaw said.
Shaw said Toth bailed out of his vehicle near the rear of Stamford hospital and police began a foot pursuit, though the suspect was briefly lost, he said. According to Shaw, a perimeter was set up. Observant officers spotted fresh footprints, and K-9 units began tracking the suspect, he said.
According to Shaw, police were led to 64 W. Broad St, were they began interviewing occupants at that residence. As they headed for the third floor, Shaw said authorities came face-to-face with Toth, who was being thrown out of the residence.
Shaw said a man at home with two children allegedly discovered Toth in the kitchen there and a struggle ensued, with the man ultimately forcing Toth out of the home.
Toth was charged with interfering with an officer/resisting, second-degree breach of peace, engaging police in a pursuit, reckless driving, illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under suspension, two counts of risk of injury to a child and second-degree burglary.
Todd Blackman, 45, homeless, charged Wednesday morning with second-degree failure to appear and failure to respond to an infraction.
Alex Campos-Guzman, 30, of Diaz St., charged Wednesday afternoon with improper use of marker, failure to insure a private motor vehicle, operating of towing an unregistered vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a license and traffic control signals.
Juan Chavarria, 32, of Diaz St., charged Wednesday afternoon with second-degree forgery and criminal impersonation.
Michael Anthony Dixon, 18, of Wardwell St., charged Wednesday night with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a child.
William Henry Dupree, 43, of Houston Ter., charged Thursday morning with third-degree assault and risk of injury to a child.
Oscar A. Zuleta, 20, of Cove Rd., charged Wednesday night with three counts sixth-degree larceny.