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Accused killer waives extradition

December 18, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - Brandon Roberts will soon be back in the Park City.

The Ohio man, the subject of an intensive manhunt after police said he fatally shot a young Bethel woman here, waived extradition back to Connecticut during a hearing Tuesday morning.

“He waived extradition and our detectives will be traveling to Ohio in the next couple of days to pick him up,” said Police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald.

The 26-year-old Roberts is charged here with murder, felony murder, first-degree robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Roberts is accused of shooting 25-year-old Emily Todd in the back of the head near the boat ramp on Seaview Avenue.

Todd a therapist at a Danbury senior center, was found lying face down in the sand along the shore.

Police said Todd was fully dressed and appeared to be wearing a long, blond wig. She had been shot in the back of the head and a single spent bullet shell casing was found near her feet.

Police said Todd’s mother later told detectives that her daughter had met Roberts, who was staying with relatives at a Stratford hotel, on an online dating app.

After several dates, police said Todd called off the relationship. But they said Roberts convinced Todd to meet him one more time, luring her to the area of the boat ramp.

After killing her, Roberts took Todd’s car, cell phone and credit cards.

Video surveillance later showed Roberts driving Todd’s car into the drive through at the People’s United Bank in Trumbull where he used Todd’s debit card to withdraw $400 from Todd’s bank account, police said.

Police raided the Stratford hotel room after finding Todd’s car in the parking lot. However, they said Roberts’ uncle told them that Roberts had left without saying goodbye.

When the uncle later called Roberts to let him know police were looking for him, police said Roberts told the uncle “sorry unc,” and hung up.

Police said they arrested Roberts at his father’s home in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on Dec. 14, without incident.

Todd’s family have said that Roberts confessed to killing Todd, but police would not confirm that.

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