East Haven Neighbor's Watchful Eye Leads to Burglary Suspect's Arrest

A report of a burglary in progress Tuesday lead East Haven Police to capture a 23-year-old man for allegedly attempting to break into a Taylor Avenue home through the window.


The neighbor who reported the alleged burglary and confronted the suspect has been identified as East Haven Police Commission Member Carl Perez, according to a New Haven Register report.


A neighbor's watchful eye helped to thwart a burglary in progress along Taylor Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

Neighbor Attempts to Subdue Suspect

According to East Haven Police Sgt. David Emerman, at 2:13 p.m. officers were dispatched to 59 Taylor Avenue for a burglary in progress, which had been phoned in by a neighbor. 

"It was reported that a male was trying to gain entry to the residence through a window," Emerman stated.

Upon arrival, the neighbor who called in the report was attempting to subdue the suspect.

Resisting Arrest

Emerman said the 23-year-old suspect was later identified as Arsen Lazri.

"Lazri resisted officers attempts to take him into custody," Emerman said. "Following a struggle, Lazri was arrested and transported to East Haven Police Headquarters"

He added that the man was later found to be in possession of burglars tools, latex gloves and a small knife.

Five Previous Charges

Lazri is charged with criminal attempt at burglary in the third degree, possession of burglar’s tools, resisting/interfering with police and criminal trespass.

Lazri is a convicted felon with five previous burglary arrests, Emerman said. 

He is currently being held on a $20,000 bond, as well as a remand to custody order issued by parole for a previous burglary charge.

Luigi (the original) October 10, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Sounds like burglary is not this guys forte. Hey dude, would you like a hack saw with those bars?
Ozzie October 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Quite obvious to me that this is the guy responsible for the purse snatching that happened about 10 days ago right up the street at Dunkin Donuts on Main St. Hopefully somebody figures that out.
Mike October 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Good job to the neighbor!!!
Michelle Petroccio October 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Great job from a caring neighbor!
Richard Poulton October 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I can tell you there is no geater gratifying feeling in police work to get a call such as this and get an arrest. Yes the neighbor did a wonferful thing, but confronting suspects is not always recommended. Remember, the suspect did have a knife. Good job - glad the neighbor wasn't hurt. AS to the purse snatch, DNA should have hopefully found. Facial ID's not always reliable after a period of time.
Richard Poulton October 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM
NHR reporting the neighbor is none other then Police Commissioner Carl Perez.
Frank Capone October 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Hey Julie how come no mention that the person who caught and subdued the burglar until the police arrived was Carl Perez. We all know Carl is one of the police commissioners that Joe Maturo and his band of attorneys have been trying to get rid of for the last year. Great job Carl THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!!!!!
Jacobo Arnez October 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Maybe it was his request to stay anonymous. Perhaps his name attached to more than one story involving young men, is one to many. What's in that closet might be scary.
LS99 October 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Nice Job Carl! Hey Frank, Gimme a dime on the New York.....
Jacobo Arnez October 10, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Sorry "book making" is illegal in Connecticut. We wouldn't want the DOJ visiting the home of such an important and notable family. Would we, Don Capone?
Richard Poulton October 10, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Come on Mr. Capone, don't go there. You know just as well as everyone else, by charter 2, section 2 calls for a majority repsentation on all B & C. Just like what your daughter did when the time came for appointments. Got rid of those with the (R) and replaced with those with a (D). The Perez thing is related to the arrest incident. So don't make it sound like changing members was or is only done by this mayor. It will happen again come February. Don't like it change the charter. Have positions filled by election.
Joe October 10, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Good Job to the E.H.P.D. and the watchful Neighboor.
Frank Capone October 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
If you guys have PROOF of anything PLEASE go to the DOJ, its my understanding that the big bets are comming from MAIN ST. these days!!!! Oh and the DOJ Seams like they are busy with real crime and not baseless accusations
Christina October 10, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Bravo to the watchful neighbor! Let's continue to watch out for each other and make East Haven a community with minimal crime!
thomas October 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM
they are building jails and cemetaries for the generation yers they are not bred for physical work, like us baby boomers [i m retired], tattoes over the bible with them. selah
Lise Cavallaro October 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM
This article is about the apprehension of a burglar breaking into someone's home and getting caught. Do you all have to throw a political spin in everything? Give me a break.
Stop The Madness October 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM
6'4, 240lbs. What's he smokin. More like 6'1, 175. And dope sick. LOL!
Julie Weisberg (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Frank: That is a good question. The press release that the EHPD sent out regarding this arrest had no mention of who the neighbor was that called the police and then confronted the suspect. And so, the NHR must have had someone pass along that additional bit of information. You can find Jennifer's story about Mr Perez's action that afternoon here: http://ow.ly/eoI0h And I hope that that answers your question!
jess October 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Most of the information is not right, the kid didn't resisted, the police beat him up and justified like he resisted to ad some more misdemeanor to his record.(and the weight do they have eyes) We know how are the police and the Perez guy did video and on tv in an hr. how didn't you saw him?
Ivanna D. Truth October 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Ok Jess, they needed to add misdemeanors to a person charged with a felony, and is a convicted felon to boot. And honestly who gives a damn, another criminal thats a "victim"?? boo hoo.


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