Detective James T Manning has been named Greenwich Police Dept Officer of the Month for June 2017 for his sharp eye in spotting the vehicle driven by a suspect in a series of robberies in April.
On April 25 and again on April 26, the Chase Bank at 1150 East Putnam Ave at Lockwood Lane was robbed by a lone male subject who claimed to have a gun and demanded money. The robber was also a suspect in a third robbery, which took place at nearby Citgo Gas Station.
“Detective Manning is recognized for his self-initiated, proactive police patrol for locating the suspect vehicle, from two Greenwich Chase Bank robberies as well as a Citgo gas station robbery,” Greenwich Police wrote in a statement released on July 7.
Detective Manning observed the suspect vehicle parked at JHouse and notified headquarters. Patrol set up a perimeter and, as the suspect exited JHouse and attempted to flee, he drove over two parking barricades, nearly striking a Greenwich Police officer.
The suspect subsequently abandoned his vehicle on I-95 in the midst of the pursuit.
The encounter started a cross-country manhunt which included several additional police pursuits.
The suspect was eventually captured by the FBI Fugitive Task Force in San Diego on May 2, 2017.
The FBI arrest of David E. Byers, 34, of Solana Beach, CA, was based on information developed by Greenwich Police Dept.
Mr. Byers, who had cultivated a bad boy persona on the internet, is currently in the custody of authorities in California and the Greenwich Police Dept have initiated a request for his extradition.