A man accused of breaking into a Fairfield home Tuesday, attacking a 62-year-old woman and stealing jewelry and cash from her was found hiding under a deck after a police chase, according to Fairfield police.
Police said officers responded to Coventry Lane after getting a 911 call from the victim’s sister around 2 p.m.
The woman told them that her sister had called her about a suspicious person on her property, then started yelling “No, no” before the line went dead.
As dispatchers were on the phone with the sister, the victim called 911 and told them someone with a knife had broken into her home and attacked her, then left in a black four-door “simple” vehicle.
An officer saw a vehicle matching the description on Congress Street, near Black Rock Turnpike, and tried to stop the car, but the driver fled, drove across two properties and led police on a chase up Black Rock Turnpike before getting onto the Merritt Parkway and heading north until getting off at exit 46 and heading south on Easton Turnpike, police said.
Schools were placed in secure status for a short time while police searched for the suspect.
The vehicle stopped on a front lawn on Davis Road and the driver got out and ran, police said.
Minutes later, police found him hiding under the deck of a home on Bennett Street and took him into custody. Officers found the victim’s jewelry and cash on him, police said.
They have identified the suspect as 40-year-old Guilherme Lima-DaSilva, of Bridgeport, and he was charged home invasion, assault on an elderly person, second-degree threatening, second-degree larceny, robbery in the second degree, unlawful restraint, reckless driving, engaging in a pursuit, evading responsibility, unregistered motor vehicle, misuse of plates and no insurance.
He was held on a $500,000 bond.