Southbury Police Arrest Waterbury Man following Pursuit, Kidnapping Investigation

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Connecticut State Police
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Connecticut State Police Patch
Dr. Dora B. Schriro
Colonel Alaric J. Fox
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
February 7, 2017
Southbury Police Arrest Waterbury Man following Pursuit, Kidnapping Investigation

On February 6, 2017 at approximately 10:45 a.m. troopers and police officers from the Southbury Resident State Trooper’s Office responded to Chase Bank located at 775 Main St. South in Southbury after bank employees were notified that a woman was being forced by a male suspect to withdraw money from her bank account.  The male suspect, Claude Williams, who was known to the female victim, was waiting for her in a vehicle.

Upon officer’s arrival, Williams fled the area in the vehicle.  Officers attempted to stop Williams; however he refused to do so engaging police in pursuit. Williams led officers on a pursuit for approximately 9 minutes through Southbury streets and I-84 before crashing into the center median concrete curbing at the exit 15 off-ramp. No injuries were reported.

After crashing the vehicle, Williams was taken into custody and transported to Troop A- Southbury where he was fingerprinted and photographed.  Once Williams was taken into custody police located illegal narcotics on .  Williams was charged with Kidnapping 1st degree, Unlawful Restraint 1st degree, Reckless Endangerment 1st degree, Robbery 2nd degree, Larceny 3rd degree, Engaging Police in Pursuit, Reckless Driving, Operating with a Suspended License and Illegal Possession of Narcotics. Williams was held on $250,000.00 bond pending his court date at Waterbury Superior Court on February 7, 2017.

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