K-9 Tracks Robbery Suspect Who Lost Shoes During Manhunt

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    Bridgeport Police Department
    Bridgeport K-9 officer Balu helped track 19-year-old Reginald Chavis, who's accused of trying to rob a gas station employee at gunpoint.

    A 19-year-old from Bridgeport is facing charges after knocking a gas station employee to the ground and trying to rob him at gunpoint, according to police.

    Officers chased Reginald Chavis through the neighborhood after he pulled out a gun and tried to rob a worker at the Gulf gas station at 1267 Fairfield Avenue, police said.

    The gas station employee told police he was smoking a cigarette outside the store when Chavis approached and demanded money from the cash register. A scuffle ensued and the employee was thrown to the ground. An officer in the area heard yelling and arrived on scene to investigate, according to police.

    Chavis lost both his shoes during the manhunt. K-9 officer Balu found his sneakers and picked up his scent, then tracked Chavis to his hiding spot on Clinton Avenue, police said.

    He was arrested and taken into custody, still barefoot.

    Chavis was charged with a number of offenses, including criminal attempt at first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, criminal use of a firearm and interfering with police. Authorities are working to determine whether he’s connected to any other robberies in the area.

    He was held on $75,000 bond.