Suspect in Murder of Bethel Woman Taken Into Custody in Ohio

The suspect in the murder of a 25-year-old Bethel woman in Bridgeport last week has been taken into custody in Ohio as a fugitive from justice.

Police said detectives traveled to Ohio on Thursday and arrested 26-year-old Brandon Roberts this morning in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Emily Todd, of Bethel.

Todd was found dead near the launch ramp at Seaview and Newfield Avenues in Bridgeport on Sunday, Dec. 8. Police said she was shot in the back of the head and neck area and died at the scene.

A post on the website of Lesley University in Massachusetts says Todd was a 2016 graduate of the expressive therapies program and worked as a therapeutic recreational assistant in Danbury. 

“She was playful, emotionally expressive, loved children, connected to her peers from a compassionate place, and loved to dance,” Expressive therapies instructor Nancy Jo Cardillo said in a post on the university website.

Detectives previously said they believed Todd was with a man whom she had recently met. They identified Roberts as a suspect and learned that he’d left the state and was staying at his father’s home in Shaker Heights, Ohio, according to police.

On Wednesday, detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Roberts with murder, felony murder, robbery in the first degree, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Detectives traveled to Ohio on Thursday and worked with Shaker Heights Police to plan the arrest of Roberts, who was taken into custody early this morning and charged as a fugitive from justice in Ohio.

Police said they expect that Roberts will be extradited back to Connecticut in the near future.

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