When the Danbury Police caught up with their burglary suspect Friday afternoon, he’d been on the run from the woods and back yards of Woodbury Drive, Stadley Rough, Regen and Palmer roads and Country Way for two hours.
When police caught Marc Debenigno, 34, he was walking down the road, black shirt, white shirt underneath, green pants, and he was missing his black hat. He was a white guy in his early 30s dressed like that, just like the witnesses had told police.
“People were seeing him going through their back yards,” said Police Capt. Thomas Wendel, who also went out looking for the burglary suspect on the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend.
Debenigno is known to the Danbury Police Department. If he is convicted of these crimes, it will be his ninth felony conviction since 2008. He has been found guilty of burglary, larceny, burglary, larceny, burglary, larceny, failure to appear, illegal possession of firearms in a motor vehicle and assault on a public safety worker, according to the state of Connecticut Department of Justice website.
The suspect’s two-hour sprint started at about 12:30 p.m., when a passing motorist saw him or someone who looked and was dressed like him jump off a deck on Woodbury Drive. The man was carrying something in his hands. The burglar alarm was going off in the house, and police said Debenigno later told three officers they couldn’t charge him with burglary, because he never got inside the house.
Police found a broken rear window with blood on it, glass in Debenigno’s pocket, and his hand was cut. Police are comparing his blood to the blood on the window glass.
In addition to the motorist passing the house on Woodbury Drive, two witnesses recognized him during the chase that followed. About a dozen Danbury police officers drove into the neighborhood in a triangle between Great Plain Elementary School, Stadley Rough Elementary School and St. Gregory the Great Elementary School.
One witness came home and saw a black hat on his deck. It didn’t belong there. When he went outside to look at it, he checked the back yard and saw out of the corner of his eye, a leg disappear up onto his roof.
The witness, Fil Cerminara, walked farther back into his yard to get a better view, but the man had probably crossed over to the front of the house.
“I figured he jumped off the front,” Cerminara said. His son came home, and Cerminara warned the son about the intruder. He didn’t yet know about the nearby burglary but he decided to go talk to some cops he saw parked up the street. Before he got there, his son called to tell him the man jumped off the front of the house, ran across the lawn, across Royal Pine and into the woods.
Cerminara called 911, and talked to someone in charge of the chase. He told him the man was wearing a black T-shirt, and the officer said the man is wearing two T-shirts, black and white, and he keeps pulling one off or replacing it to confuse people.
“It was the wrong neighborhood for him to try this. There are landscapers outside, kids are playing ball, parents are outside. Everybody knew what was going on,” Cerminara said.
After the 911 call, police quickly arrived, and the pursuit went hot again.
Debenigno was caught a few minutes later, and he was charged with first-degree criminal trespass, interfering with a police officer, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal attempt to commit burglary and breach of the peace.
Police said Debenigno is a suspect in other burglaries and he was held on a $50,000 bond.