STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A man is behind bars accused of a robbing a 27-year-old autistic man at a mall in Stamford of $100 that he received as a birthday present.
Now not only is a suspect under arrest, but thanks to a caring community his victim has more money than he lost to spend on his birthday.
It was a surveillance video from the Stamford Town mall that sparked so much community outrage. On the tape a 27-year-old autistic man named Patrick is robbed of $100 he received for his birthday. Police say the suspect, Steven St. Jacques, pretended to be Patrick’s friend before stealing his cash.
“It was a crime of opportunity, he said that he owed someone money, so that’s why he took advantage of Patrick,” said Lt. Diedrich Hahn, Stamford Police Department.
The surveillance video widely shown in the media and on the department’s Facebook page was key to cracking the case.
“The video was so important from the media, getting it out there to leads our men executing search warrants, where we found the same pants he was wearing in the video, with that we brought him in,” said Hahn.
Police arrested St. Jacques at his home on Durant Street, they say he later confessed to the crime. As for Patrick, his birthday after everything is ‘said-and-done’ will be better than ever.
“It was nice, everybody was able to come together and take such a heinous call and turn it into something happy for the community,” said Det. Kelly Connelly, Stamford Police Department.
Touched by the shocking nature of the crime, the police department and members of the community donated more than $1,500 worth of money and gift cards for him. So Patrick now has reason to smile and give thanks knowing that his plight touched so many people.
And Stamford police tell News 8 St. Jacques faces a second degree larceny charge in the case. They say he’s got a rap-sheet that includes prior arrests for assault and robbery.