Police Arrest Suspected ‘Backpage Bandit' After Hotel Attack

Milford police have arrested the suspected “Backpage Bandit,” who they believe is behind attacks and robberies of women at local hotels and motels. 

Police said the victims offered services through Backpage.com and the investigation led to the arrest today of 23-year-old Jonathan Arzu, of Bridgeport. 

He is accused of forcing his way into a hotel room on Boston Post Road on July 27 with two accomplices and tying up a woman with phone cord, ransacking the hotel room, stealing money and a cell phone from the woman and holding a knife to her neck, according to police. 

Police said they identified Arzu through DNA evidence and the woman eventually identified him as well. 

Police continue to investigate and said they expect to make more arrests for other cases Arzu is suspected of being involved in. 

He has been charged with first-degree robbery, unlawful restraint and sixth-degree larceny. 

Arzu was held on a $50,000 bond and is due in Milford Court today. 

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