Trumbull Police arrested a local man after he was shoplifting at the Trumbull mall and
brandished a knife to aid his escape on Thursday, March 16. Jonathan Sierra, age 41,
of Benham Avenue, Bridgeport was apprehended by police and charged for his actions
regarding this incident.
At about 4:00 P.M., the Trumbull police were notified of a robbery involving a male who
pulled a knife on JC Penney loss prevention officers while they were attempting to detain
him for shoplifting from the store. JC Penney loss prevention officers observed Sierra
inside of the store with an open empty bag and observe him conceal multiple pairs of
jeans and a watch inside of the bag. Sierra eventually left JC Penney’s where loss
prevention officers attempted to stop him and retrieve the stolen items from Sierra’s
hands, but he pulled the bag away, took a black knife out of his jacket pocket, and
displayed it in a threatening manner. Sierra then fled the store when loss prevention
officers lost sight of him.
As officers were canvassing the area, officers observed Sierra sitting on the corner of
Main Street and Old Town Road, in Bridgeport where he boarded a GBTA bus, and then
it drove away. Officers were able to stop the bus nearby where they located Sierra and
positively identified him as the fleeing robbery suspect. Sierra was then taken into
custody without further incident, and police located a folding knife in his possession. No
injuries were reported in this incident.
Sierra has a lengthy arrest history to include larceny, robbery, assault and drug related
Sierra was then transported to the Trumbull Police Headquarters where he was charged
with and Robbery 1stdegree, Larceny 6thdegree, and was held on a $5,000 bond. He is
scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on March 27, 2023.