|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2010
STATE POLICE CAPTURE SUSPECTS
IN EAST LYME CHASE
On September 28, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Connecticut State Police received a report of an armed robbery at the East Lyme Dunkin’ Donuts, 211 Route 161 in East Lyme.
The East Lyme Resident Trooper, Officers from the East Lyme Resident Trooper’s Office, Troopers from Troop E in Montville and Detectives from the State Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad responded to the scene.
While investigating the robbery, information was developed regarding an incident that took place on September 25, during which a black pick-up truck had engaged Troopers in a pursuit and evaded capture. Investigators at the scene of the robbery determined that the pick-up truck was a vehicle of possible interest in this robbery case.
On September 29, at about 1:30 a.m., a Sergeant from the East Lyme Resident Trooper’s Office while on routine patrol observed the pick-up truck of interest and the operator of the pick-up accelerated and engaged the sergeant in a pursuit. The pursuit entered I-95 and continued onto Route 1. The vehicle lost control on Route 1 and struck curbing and a large sign and stopped. The operator attempted to flee, by accelerating the pick-up driving directly into the front end of the sergeant’s police vehicle. The sergeant was able to stop the suspect vehicle and take the suspect into custody while the passenger fled on foot. The passenger was eventually captured by troopers.
Griffin W. Mitchell, DOB 10/13/1987
778 Mulberry Point Road, Guilford
Misuse of registration plates
Disobeying signal of an officer
Operating an unregistered motor vehicle
Operating a motor vehicle without insurance
Operating a motor vehicle under suspension
Assault on a police officer
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Possession of a controlled substance
Interfering with police
Mitchell was released on a $25,000 non-surety bond.
Daniel J. Santamaria, DOB 7/23/1991
396 Boston Post Road, East Lyme
Interfering with police
Accused Santamaria was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond .
Information obtained by State Police investigators during this investigation has provided information regarding the armed robbery at the Dunkin’ Donuts in East Lyme, as well as an armed robbery that occurred in other nearby towns.
State Police Detective will continue to investigate the armed robberies and work collectively with other agencies and the investigation continues.
Anyone with information is requested to contact Troop E in Montville at (860) 848-6500.
LT. J. Paul Vance
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