STAMFORD — Thanks to an alert patron at a waterfront bar, a man sought for crimes in three states was taken into custody Sunday night.
It happened when a patron at the Crab Shell Restaurant told an officer working off-duty at the bar that a man there was wanted in New York and New Jersey for scamming people, Sgt. Sean Scanlan said.
The officer walked over to the man, identified as Fortunato “Ken” Febus, 51, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and asked him for identification, Scanlan said. Febus insisted he had no identification on him and, when the officer told him he couldn’t go without providing it, Febus allegedly pushed the officer and tried to run, Scanlan said.
The officer quickly caught up to him and they struggled before Febus was taken to the ground and handcuffed. Febus was taken to Stamford Hospital following apprehension.
A police check confirmed that Febus is wanted in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on charges that include larceny and fraud. He is being held on charges of interfering with police, breach of peace, and being a fugitive from justice.
According to an article by the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y., Febus, a contractor, was indicted in January for taking money from New York state customers who paid him for home-improvement projects. One customer was a church, the report said.
Febus allegedly took $3,000 each from the New Life Worship Center Church in New Hampton, N.Y., and a Newburgh, N.Y., couple, and broke promises to do renovation work at the two premises, the article said.