Man Acquitted in New Haven Murder Case Charged in Robbery

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013  |  Updated 4:00 PM EDT
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Man Acquitted in New Haven Murder Case Charged in Robbery

New Haven Police

Adrian Bell, left, and Tashaun Fair, right, have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in New Haven.

The New Haven man who in August was acquitted in the murder of a popular cyclist and musician has been charged in connection with an armed robbery.

Police said Tashaun Fair, 20, of New Haven, is suspected of being an accomplice in a robbery just after 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

The victim, a 45-year-old man, told police that he was robbed at Congress Avenue and Bond Street and that two men stole his two cell phones and some cash, police said.

One man pulled a black gun from his pants, pressed the barrel into the victim’s stomach and said, "What you got – Look," he said.

The victim looked down and the other man stole the phones and his money from his pocket, he told police. 

Police broadcast the description and one officer saw people matching it walking quickly on West Street, approaching an officer without realizing it.

When the men saw police about 15 feet away, Tashaun Fair, 20, of New Haven, raised his hands above his head, police said.

In August 2012, police charged Fair with home invasion and the felony murder of Dubey. A jury found him not guilty on all charges.

Adrian Bell, 19, of New Haven, ran off, police said.

When the officers took off after him, Fair fled as well, police said.

Officers caught Bell on Frank Street near West Street, where he raised his hands and was taken into custody.

When more police arrived, a resident told them the other person involved was running up Truman Street, so they pursued and saw Fair duck into 32 Truman Street, so they went in after him and found Fair on the second floor, on the floor and with his hands on top of his head, police said.

He told them he was there visiting a friend.

A witness told police he'd seen Fair pick up the gun that Bell left on the ground before running from the officers, police said, and investigators found a black HiPoint 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol in the trash can by the door and a loaded magazine next to the cans.

The victim identified Bell as the armed man who robbed him and Fair as his accomplice, police said.

Bell was arrested and charged with robbery in the first degree, larceny in the second degree, criminal possession of a pistol, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, conspiracy to commit larceny in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree and interfering with an officer.

Fair was arrested and charged with robbery in the first degree, larceny in the second degree, criminal possession of a pistol, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree and conspiracy to commit larceny in the second degree.
 

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