The 28-year-old suspect in a Southington bank robbery and crash on Tuesday morning has taken his life, and police said he robbed the same bank two years ago.
Officers surrounded a house at the corner of Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike and Meriden Avenue as they investigated a robbery at the TD Bank at 921 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in the Plantsville section of town just after 9 a.m. Tuesday.
When police responded to the bank after receiving a call from staff, the robber – identified as Brian Jacobs – fled the bank in a car, crashed into a vehicle, drove away and then crashed again, according to Southington police Lt. Michael Baribault.
He then took off running from the car and led police on a foot chase along Marion Avenue, ultimately breaking into an empty house two miles from the bank robbery site on the corner of that road.
Jacobs slit his throat and was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said it's the second time in two years he robbed the TD Bank on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.
No residents were home at the time of the incident. The area was cordoned off by crime scene tape and Marion Avenue was closed in the area, but the road has since reopened.
South End Elementary School and John F. Kennedy Middle School were locked down and Strong Elementary School went on external lockdown on Tuesday morning, according to automated calls received by parents in Southington.
All lockdowns were lifted at 10:15 a.m. when police determined that there was no threat to the school or community, police said.
TD Bank has also reopened.
The case remains under investigation.