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Officials arrest North Carolina robbery suspect near Groton Navy yard

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A robbery suspect from North Carolina has been arrested in Groton and the situation prompted a warning for people to stay in their homes.

Air support and K9 units were called to a home on Burningtree Drive around 8 a.m. on Friday morning.

Police said an arrest warrant was being served to Bacardi Robinson when a K9 unit mistook a plain-clothes officer as the arrestee and bit his hand. The bite caused the officer to accidentally fire his gun.

They said Robinson is from Fayettevile, NC and tried to escape from a second floor window.

He fled on foot through Driftwood Circle and even held someone hostage at one point, police said. However, officers surrounded him in a house, unleashed a K9 on him and then used a Taser.

Troopers said people in the area of the Navy yard and Driftwood Circle were asked to stay locked in their homes. However, Groton town police said the area in Navy housing was secured, so people were able to move around freely.

"I put my kids upstairs I was afraid if something happened if a bullet came in they need to be safe. They were safer upstairs," said neighbor Val Lackey.

The whole incident lasted approximately 45 minutes, according to police.

"It was scary just to see that so close when you have children around and  things like that," said Melissa Barraza.

Robinson is wanted for burglaries and home invasions that happened in Fayetteville.

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