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Panhandler From Bridgeport Busted At Westport Train Station With Taser

Shawn Frazier
Shawn Frazier Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

WESTPORT, Conn. — A 53-year-old panhandler from Bridgeport was arrested Friday at the Westport Train Station after officers found a taser in his jacket pocket, police said.

Westport Officer Taylor Field responded at about 4 p.m. on a report of a suspicious person asking commuters for money as they got off the train, police said.

When Field found Frazier at the train station, the Bridgeport man was "acting very suspiciously and continuously turning away from the officer," police said. Frazier was also vague in his responses to the officer's questions, police said.

Due to his unusual behavior, Frazier was instructed to place his hands on the wall behind him so Field could conduct a pat down for weapons, police said.

Frazier did not comply and put his left hand inside his jacket pocket, police said. The officer handcuffed Frazier for safety purposes, searched him and found a Taser in that pocket, police said.

Frazier was transported to the Westport Police Department and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and interfering with an officer.

He was held on $20,000 bond and has a court date in Norwalk on March 29.

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