Police arrest downtown armed robbery suspect

Milford police have arrested a man suspected of two armed robberies in downtown Milford, one at the drive-thru ATM at People’s Bank and the second at the Taste of Thai Restaurant.

Police announced this week that they arrested Tasmine Shannonhouse, 25, of 209 Katherine Drive, Hamden, and charged him with the crimes.

Shannonhouse is accused of robbing the Taste of Thai Restaurant, located at 22 Broad Street in the rear of the Armory Square plaza, Wednesday, Oct. 10. Police believe he is the man who walked into the restaurant with a black semi-automatic handgun and took the cash from the register. The man then ran out into Armory Square, heading toward Broad Street.

Shannonhouse is also accused of robbing a customer at People’s United Bank two nights before, on Monday, Oct. 8. That robbery took place at about 6:40 p.m. at the drive-thru of People’s United Bank, 190 Broad Street. Police believe it was Shannonhouse who walked up to a vehicle’s driver while he was in the drive-thru, pointed a handgun at him and demanded the customer take money out of his account and hand it to him. The suspect then left the area on foot heading in an unknown direction.

The Milford Police Department was urging residents and businesses in the Broad Street area to contact police immediately if they saw anyone matching the description of the suspect in these two robberies.

Milford detectives began an extensive investigation into the robberies, and were seen regularly downtown in the ensuing days talking to shop owners. They used surveillance camera footage and were able to identify the suspect. A search warrant was obtained and the firearm, which turned out to be a BB gun, used in the robberies was located inside the suspect’s apartment when the arrest was made, police said.

It was also learned that Shannonhouse had an active warrant for his arrest, accusing him of failing to pay a marijuana infraction he received in Norwalk on Feb. 1, 2014.

Shannonhouse was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of larceny and two counts of illegal possession of a firearm.

He was held on a $200,250 and was scheduled to appear in court today, Oct. 22.