The man suspected in Friday morning's attempted robbery of the BP Gas Station on 1510 Post Road E. was arrested Sunday morning in Bridgeport by Norwalk and Bridgeport police.
Stamford police detectives identified Terence Leydon, 43, of Stamford, on Friday night from the BP surveillance photo distributed by Westport police, Lt. Vincent Penna of the Westport police said in a statement.
At about 3:40 a.m. Friday, Westport police received a call from the BP clerk that a man entered the store waving a tire iron and yelling, "Give me your money."
When the suspect went behind the counter, the clerk ran out of the store and called police from his cell phone. Police said Leydon, who fled empty-handed, was unable to open the cash register or remove it from the store.
After the armed robbery of Broad River Nails in Norwalk on Saturday morning, Norwalk police joined the search for Leydon, Norwalk police spokesman Lt. Paul Resnick said. Together, Westport and Norwalk police detectives obtained arrest and search warrants for Leydon and the stolen car he was driving. Westport police have not yet served Leydon with the arrest warrant.
Leads on Leydon's whereabouts took Norwalk detectives on Sunday to Bridgeport, where they spotted him driving the stolen car. Because the detectives were in an unmarked car, they called Bridgeport police for assistance.
Leydon was pulled over by Bridgeport police but sped off when officers approached the vehicle. After crashing into several parked car, Leydon fled on food and officers chased him, Resnick said.
Leydon was caught by a Bridgeport K-9 unit and arrested. He was later turned over to Norwalk police on the warrant. He was charged with first-degree robbery and was being held on $150,000 bond.
Leydon is suspected in recent armed robberies in Milford and Danbury as well, police said.
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