FAIRFIELD — An ex-con from Fairfield who police believe robbed a Baskin Robbins ice cream shop at gunpoint Thursday evening was arrested after leading Fairfield police on a high-speed chase that ended a few blocks from the police station.
Police received a 911 call at 6 p.m. reporting the robbery at the Travis Boulevard shop and got a general description of the gunman and his getaway vehicle. A few minutes later, a police officer patrolling nearby spotted a white GMC pickup truck that matched the description on West Texas Street in front of Allan Witt Park.
The driver of the truck led police on a brief high-speed chase through residential streets that included a crash near the corner of West Texas and First streets. The chase ended after less than a mile on Lincoln Street, where the driver wrecked his truck, abandoned it on the sidewalk and started jumping nearby fences into backyards.
A gun was left behind in the truck.
The robbery occurred during the police shift change and while a special operations team was working nearby so the police response to the chase was large with many patrol cars flooding into the quiet residential area.
Police quickly surrounded the block of homes along Lincoln and Grant streets and within several minutes a heavily armed search team with a pair of K-9 officers were going from backyard to backyard.
Less than an hour after the robbery, one of the K-9 dogs found the suspected robber a short distance from his truck in the backyard of a Grant Street home.
Police arrested Benjamin Fowler, 32, without incident.
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