By Ed Harris
The Southington Police Department is investigating a robbery at the TD Bank on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, where an alleged robber fled the scene, caused two accidents and then broke into a house and ultimately killed himself.
According to Southington Police Department Lt. Michael Baribault, police received call about a bank robbery at the TD Bank at 921 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike at 9:16 Tuesday morning. According to police, the lone male suspect, identified as Brian Jacobs, 28, of 222 Governors St., New Britain, implied that he had a weapon, though it was not shown. Jacobs then left the bank with $7,160 and fled west on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in an old model blue box style vehicle.
Police said that Jacobs had a minor accident with another car near the Extra Mart. Jacobs then fled this scene and would crash the car after losing control and hitting the curb and a sign at the intersection of Marion Avenue and Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.
According to Baribault, Jacobs then fled to 1264 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, where he kicked the door in to gain entrance to the home.
“There was no one home at the time,” Baribault said.
Baribault said the man then proceeded to use a kitchen knife to slit his own throat.
According to Baribault, Jacobs was previously arrested for robbing the same TD Bank in 2011. In that November 30 robbery, Jacobs made off with $1,500.
The Southington Police Department briefly placed Kennedy Middle School and Strong Elementary School in lockdown, as a precautionary measure following the bank robbery.
The lockdown was lifted at 10:15 a.m., after it was determined that there was no threat to the schools.
The police are still investigating the robbery and will release more information as it becomes available.