Bristol Home Invasion Suspect Nabbed in Florida Traffic Stop

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Friday, May 3, 2013  |  Updated 1:08 PM EDT
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Brookwville, Florida Police

Anthony Haynes, a suspect in a Bristol home invasion, was on the run, police said. Police found him because of a broken light.

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The suspect in a 2011 Bristol home invasion had been on the run for more than a year, according to police, but he is back in custody after being stopped in Florida for a broken license plate light.  

On Dec. 12, 2011, a masked man with a gun entered a home on West Street in Bristol and stole money and cell phones from the residents, according to police. 

The suspect has since been identified as Anthony J. Haynes, 31, of Brooksville, Florida, and the search for him ended on April 17 in Brooksville, Florida, when police stopped him for an inoperative tag light.

When officers checked his identification, they learned that he was wanted in Bristol, where there was a warrant for a home invasion, according to a news release from Brooksville police.

Haynes was arrested, brought to the Hernando Detention Center in Brooksville, Florida, and held without bond.

Bristol Police Department then flew down to the Hernando Detention Center in Brooksville, Florida, took Haynes into custody and flew back to Connecticut.

On Thursday, he was charged with home invasion, first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, larceny in the second degree and criminal possession of a pistol/revolver.

Police said Haynes is also accused of fleeing to Florida to avoid arrest and prosecution.

He was held in lieu of a $500,000 bond and will be arraigned on Friday morning.

After the home invasion in 2011, police said the victim was targeted and this was not a random act.

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