FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A Fairfield police officer on routine patrol saw a man he knew was wanted on felony charges. When the officer attempted to apprehend him, the suspect barricaded himself in his home, police said.
According to the officer, he saw 45-year-old Scott Widell driving on Mellville Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The officer was able to quickly identify him because he has had several dealings with Widell in the past, police said.
Upon seeing the officer, Widell began to drive quickly back to his house on Berkley Road in Fairfield, police said. The officer saw him enter the back door of his house, police said.
Once the officer arrived and confirmed there were warrants for Widell's arrest, he approached the door and announced he was there to arrest Widell on two felony charges, police said.
Widell reportedly refused to leave, and the officer called for back up, police said.
Officers were able gain entry to the house after several warnings and found him hiding behind a door in the bathroom, police said. He was taken into custody, police said.
Widell was charged with interfering with police in the incident Wednesday and was held on the two arrest warrants, one on burglary charges and the other on violation of probation charges.
It is unclear what the violation was, but police say the burglary charge stems from a June 2013 incident. Someone entered a neighbor's car and took a wallet containing several credit cards in the case, police said.
He was charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, two counts of credit card fraud, two counts of criminal impersonation and credit card theft after a video surveillance identified him as using the stolen credit cards to purchase cigarettes.
Three separate bonds for a total $70,000 were set for Widell. He posted it and was released with a court date of Sept. 9.
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