Fitness model arrested for string of robberies in Connecticut

Fitness model arrested for Connecticut robberies
Fitness model arrested for Connecticut robberies
Posted at 9:22 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 02:12:55-04

The suspect of three robberies in Greenwich, Connecticut was arrested Tuesday night in North Park, at the corner of 30th and Upas Streets. 

David Byers, 34, of Solana Beach, Calif., had a day job as a fitness model. 

His arrest came as a surprise to his coworkers in the modeling industry. 

"He texted me Tuesday last week and said everything was great," said Michael Stokes, a California photographer who got to know Byers during multi-day shoots. "Said he had moved to New York, life is good."


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Police say while Byers was on the east coast, he made his way to Connecticut - robbing banks and a holding up a gas station. 

Byers then led police on a chase, bailing out of his car and running across traffic to get away. Officers searched, but he was nowhere to be found. 

The cross-country manhunt came to an end nearly 3,000 miles away, when FBI agents and members of the San Diego County Sheriff's Office apprehended Byers in North Park. 

According to the Greenwich Time, Greenwich police are working to have him extradited to Connecticut, where he will face one count of first-degree robbery, two counts of third-degree robbery, two counts of larceny and a felony count of reckless endangerment.