Three Men Charged In Attempted Robbery At Gunpoint In Stamford

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Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
Joseph Baker
Joseph Baker Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Officers ran down three men who are accused of pulling a handgun on three Hispanic men during an attempted robbery early Sunday, Aug. 17, Stamford police said.

During the robbery attempt, one of the accused men, Robert Anderson, 22, said he didn't like Hispanics and threatened to shoot the three victims, police said. 

The attempted robbery began at 2:30 a.m. in the area of West Broad Street and Schuyler Avenue when a 26-year-old Hispanic man and two friends were approached by a group of men, police said.

Police said Joseph Baker, 19, pulled out a .22-caliber revolver, put it to the 26-year-old man's head and demanded money. Then Anderson told the victim he doesn't like Hispanics and that "they needed to be kicked out of the neighborhood," police said.

Anderson then told Baker, "give me the gun so I can shoot him," police said.

A third suspect, Danny Turkvan Jr., stood in the background but did not actively participate in the attempted robbery, police said.

The 26-year-old man said he didn't have any money and the three suspects walked away on Schuyler Avenue, police said. The victim called police and officers found the three suspects on Schuyler Avenue near Smith Street, police said. 

Officers Byxbee and Petrizzi immediately stopped and ordered the three suspects to the ground at gunpoint, police said. However, Baker then began running on Smith Street toward Stillwater Avenue, while Officer Velez and Officer K. Lynch gave chase in a foot pursuit.

While chasing Baker, Officer Velez observed the cylinder of a black revolver fall onto the ground in front of 70 Stillwater Ave., along with several bullets. Officer Lynch then began gaining on Baker, and observed him reaching into the waistband of his pants. Lynch then tackled Baker into the bushes and front lawn of 65 Stillwater Ave., where he was taken into custody.

Officers then found on the front lawn of 65 Stillwater Ave., directly underneath where Baker was placed into custody, a black H&R 922 revolver with a missing cylinder. A .22-caliber cylinder, which contained three .22-caliber casings, was also found in the area, police said. 

Officers also found four .22-caliber rounds and one .22-caliber bullet head scattered around the area of the cylinder, police said.

The victim identified Baker, Anderson, and Turkvan, police said, and all three were taken into custody.  

Baker, of 80 Spruce St., was charged with three counts of criminal attempt at first-degree robbery, possession of a pistol without a permit, criminal use of a firearm, conspiracy and interfering with police. 

Anderson, of 237 Strawberry Hill Ave., was charged with criminal attempt at first-degree robbery, conspiracy, interfering and a bias crime.

Turkvan, of 20 Spruce St., was charged with interfering.

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