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Westport Police: Man Captured After Manhunt Dropped Stolen Gun During Chase

Dahonta Robert-Hilliard
Dahonta Robert-Hilliard Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

WESTPORT, Conn. — A man who was arrested after an hourlong manhunt in a Westport neighborhood on Saturday dropped a stolen handgun during the chase, police said Wednesday.

At about 11 a.m. Saturday, Officer Taylor Field stopped a suspicious vehicle on Bridge Street and asked the driver — Dahonta J. Robert-Hilliard, 27, of Bridgeport — to step out, police said.

Robert-Hilliard got out of the car and took off running, police said. In the process, he dropped a handgun, police said.

Further investigation by Westport police determined the firearm was stolen during a residential burglary in Raleigh, N.C., in 2016.

Robert-Hilliard’s bond was increased to $500,000 at his arraignment on Monday, Oct. 16. In addition to the bond, there is also a federal detainer for him.

Robert-Hilliard was charged with carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, third-degree burglary, interfering with an officer and criminal possession of a pistol or revolver.

Additional charges will be forthcoming, police said.

His next scheduled court appearance is Nov.15. He remains in custody.

Related story: Westport Police Manhunt Tracks Down Bridgeport Man Who Dropped Gun

In the incident, Field chased Robert-Hilliard and saw him drop the firearm, police said.

The officer stopped to secure the firearm, which was near an apartment complex, police said.

Officers immediately established a perimeter in the area and alerted residents in the neighborhood via the Code Red system to the situation.

The alert advised residents that officers were searching for a possibly armed suspect in the area and to remain in their homes.

Police gave a description of the suspect, and residents were asked to contact police if he was spotted, police said.

A K-9 unit conducted a track, which led officers through backyards of the residential neighborhood, police said. Additional units and K-9 teams from other towns assisted with the search.

At about noon, officers located Robert-Hilliard in the shed of a backyard of a Keyser Road home, about a block from the traffic stop, police said.

During his capture, Robert-Hilliard sustained wounds from the K-9, police said, was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

Robert-Hilliard was additionally charged with the following motor vehicle violations: operating an unregistered motor vehicle, misuse of plates, improper display of marker plate and operating a motor vehicle under suspension.

He was held originally on $250,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Oct. 24.

The Westport Police Department thanked the Fairfield and Norwalk Police Departments for their assistance.

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