New Canaan Teen Arrested on Talmadge Hill Road After Report of Woman in Distress

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After an incident on the Darien-New Canaan border, New Canaan police on Sunday afternoon arrested a 19-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with violation of a protective order.

James Fahey arrest photo 09-06-17

New Canaan P.D.

New Canaan P.D. arrest photo for James Fahey, 19, of Hillcrest Road

New Canaan police described what happened this way (including accusations not proven in court), according to a report in

At about 4:12 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, Darien police notified their counterparts in New Canaan that a woman appeared to be in distress inside a vehicle near the town line at Talmadge Hill Road.

It was the latest in a string of charges, including for felony offenses, brought against James Patrick Fahey of Hillcrest Road, New Canaan.

A witness had seen the woman yelling for help and phoned Darien police, the report said.

Responding, New Canaan officers found the vehicle in the upper lot at Talmadge Hill Railroad Station.

After speaking to both Fahey and the woman, officers determined that she didn’t seem to be in immediate distress. But a computer check revealed that a protective order had been put in place that prohibited contact between Fahey and the woman.

According to Connecticut Judicial Branch records, Fahey has been arrested multiple times in recent years. On Dec. 8, 2016, New Canaan police arrested him for third-degree assault and disorderly conduct—charges to which he has not yet pleaded.

On April 21, local police arrested him again and charged him with violation of a protective order, a felony charge, as well as second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful restraint. He hasn’t entered pleas for those charges, either.

It isn’t clear whether or how Fahey is related to the female victim involved in the most recent arrest, what prompted the protective order, or what the order’s terms are. Police withheld further information, saying the matter is domestic in nature.

Police released Fahey on $20,000 bond and scheduled him to appear Sept. 5 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.