Owner: Stamford store that employed man charged in fatal hit-and-run is being targeted

Taylor Tobias, owner of the Plug in Stamford, says early Sunday morning someone threw a brick through his store window.

Mark Sudol

Feb 22, 2023, 1:07 AM

Updated 460 days ago

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A Stamford business owner tells News 12 Connecticut his connection with a man charged in a fatal hit-and-run is causing problems for his employees and customers.
Taylor Tobias, owner of the Plug in Stamford, says early Sunday morning someone threw a brick through his store window. He says similar instances have been taking place in the past few weeks, including one man who started screaming and dumping water on the cash register.
Tobias believes the person responsible is upset with Michael Talbot, who used to work at The Plug and is Tobias' friend. He was arraigned last month, charged in the fatal hit-and-run of two people in Stamford in December.
" [Talbot] was let go immediately when it happened. He's in jail now. The actions of an employee don't have much to do with the store itself," said Tobias.
Tobias says he understands the anger people are feeling after Yuliana Arias Lozano and Giovani Vega Benis were killed on Washington Boulevard. He says the tragedy is a loss for so many.
"Horrible situation. I mean there's so many people involved, so many families involved, the victims. Even Mike's family. He has two kids," said Tobias.
Tobias says he plans on changing the name of his store in the weeks ahead. Stamford police are investigating the vandalism, but had no comment for News 12.


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