An off-duty state Supreme Court officer nabbed a robbery suspect on Friday morning.
Judicial officials said Chris Arace, who is also a retired Hartford police lieutenant, witnessed a robbery inside a Mobil gas station on Washington Street in Hartford while he stopped to purchase coffee and gas.
Arace told Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter, Jason Frazer that things took a bizarre turn after he noticed the clerk looking up at the store's security cameras. Then, Arace said the clerk ran around the counter and confront the suspect at the door.
"When the store owner confronted him, the guy hauls off a punch," said Arace.
Arace then followed the suspect in his vehicle.
"He didn't even know I was behind him," said Arace. "I ended up jumping the curb, cutting off his path of escape and confronting him and then the officers came up behind him."
Officials said he apprehended the suspect at Park and Hudson Streets.
Upon inspection, officers said the suspect had been on a stealing spree.
"Dish detergent, soda, and a bunch of other items that didn't belong to the Mobil store," said Arace.
Police have not released the suspect's name or charges. Police said the store clerk is expected to be fine. As for Arace, he said, don't call him a hero.
"Not a hero at all. The Hartford Police Department is our hero. They're the ones that put the cuffs on."
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