When a third party complained to police about a man and woman arguing in a parked vehicle at 12 noon on Saturday, police said, they found the man had been issued a legal order forbidding him to have any contact with the woman. The couple had been in an argument on Interstate 95 and had exited the highway to park and continue the argument, police said. They parked at 97 Noroton Ave., on the corner of Noroton Avenue and Maple Street. The man, 22, of Bridgeport, was arrested on a charge of violating a protective order. He was released on a promise to appear Monday, June 1 in state Superior Court in Bridgeport.
Sometime between 6 and 7 p.m., Thursday, May 28, various bank cards and $50 in cash were stolen from an SUV outside a home at 157 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, police said. According to police:
The owner told police that her 2007 Honda Element was unlocked when it was entered, and that the bank cards and cash were in card holder that also held her driver’s license. When she reported the theft to police at 7 p.m., she said there hadn’t been any activity on her cards and that they had all been frozen. Recent Similar Reports
Three Unlocked Cars Entered on Patton Drive on Same Night Last Week (May 28)
Four Vehicles Entered Overnight on Edgerton St, Hollow Tree Ridge Rd, Thief Gets Wallet from One (May 21)
Three SUVs Entered Overnight, May 4 to 5 on Hillcrest Ave, Miller Road (May 12)
Both a Car and an SUV Stolen on Same Night in Different Parts of Town (May 7)
When a 49-year-old cyclist from Rowayton was riding on Tokeneke Trail, one of the private roads in the Tokeneke Association, at about 11 a.m., Saturday a constable who works for the association didn’t recognize him and decided to speak with him, according to Darien police. Police gave this further account, including accusations not proven in court:
The constable asked the man whether he was a resident and why he was there. The cyclist initially said he had gone to the area to try to see a friend who wasn’t home, and when the constable asked for more details, the cyclist seemed hesitant to answer further. The man then rode off, despite being told by the constable to stay while the constable investigated the matter further. At some point, the cyclist told the constable he refused to stop.
In the wake of national protests against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other deaths of black men in the hands of police, and a peaceful march through downtown Darien Police Chief Donald Anderson issued a written statement about his department’s attitude and intentions regarding professional policing. “We stand for protecting the rights of all residents and guests of the town of Darien that are guaranteed by both the state of Connecticut and United States Constitutions,” Anderson said in the statement. “Anything less is not acceptable to the administration of this department, nor should it be acceptable to you. ”
He said the department always tries to be professional, even though it sometimes makes mistakes. “I am proud that the Darien Police Department, your Darien Police Department, is made up of highly trained, well-educated and fully engaged professional public safety officers and staff.”
Just after midnight on Saturday, police went to a home on Hoyt Street, where an 18-year-old was so intoxicated that a Darien EMS-Post 53 ambulance took the teenager to a hospital for treatment, police said. The police announcement didn’t say who made the 12:05 a.m. call, whether anyone else was at the home when they arrived, or even whether the teen was male or female, but apparently the 18-year-old’s parents weren’t there, because police contacted the homeowner. The teenager told police some friends had been invited over to the home and there was alcohol drinking. Police issued the teen an infraction on the charge of possession of alcohol by a person under 21. No court date was mentioned.
When an argument between a man and woman got heated on Sunday night at a home in the northern end of town, they each pushed each other, with one being pushed on the ground, police said. The Darien police announcement about the incident, which included accusations not proven in court, didn’t mention any injuries. Police were called at 10:38 p.m.
Both the 53-year-old man and 49-year-old woman were charged with disorderly conduct. Each was issued a misdemeanor summons to appear Tuesday in state Superior Court in Bridgeport.
Three unlocked cars outside two homes on Patton Drive in Noroton Heights were entered overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, May 20 to 21, police said. Meanwhile, police in Stamford and New Canaan have noted that more vehicles are being entered in those towns. The owner of a Toyota Corolla parked outside 5 Patton Dr. told police at 6:42 a.m., May 21 that the car was entered. Items from storage compartments were strewn on the front seats, but nothing seemed to have been stolen, police were told. At 4 Patton Dr., a Fiat 500 and BMW 3 Series were also entered, with items from storage compartments strewn about inside.
After New Canaan police announced the arrest of a man who, they said, hit a pedestrian with his car and then tried to drown her, a female in Darien told police here that the man looked just like the driver who hit her last month as she was running on Hollow Tree Ridge Road. New Canaan police said: Mynor Romeo Alvarado-Canahui, 31, of Norwalk was driving a red Honda Civic in New Canaan late Monday afternoon when he crossed to the left side of the road and struck a woman, then dragged her down a nearby embankment and tried to drown her. Witnesses stopped him and rescued the woman. When the Darien female saw the Alavarado-Canahui’s arrest photo, she recognized him as the man driving a red Honda Civic that struck her from behind with its side-view mirror as she was running north in the southbound lane of Hollow Tree Ridge Road back on April 19. She was running on Hollow Tree Ridge Road near its intersection with Camp Avenue, she said.
A 26-year-old woman was stopped after a police officer saw her driving above the speed limit on the Post Road late at night, then the officer could smell narcotics coming from the car and a search yielded marijuana and drugs identified as heroin and ketamine, police said. Darien police gave this further account of the matter, including accusations not proven in court:
The woman was driving west on the Post Road at about 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2019 when the officer saw the car, a silver Dodge. The police officer, who was using radar, noted that the car was moving at 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. When the officer stopped the car near Exit 11.
A Darien woman found that her credit card was used to buy food at a Darien restaurant earlier this month and that many of her other online accounts had been compromised and someone else had been logged into them. The McLaren Road resident said her credit card was also used to charge $1,500 for her Uber account. Police didn’t say when the theft was discovered, but the woman reported it on Monday, May 11. The compromised accounts included her Facebook, Amazon and Venmo memberships. Police didn’t say whether or not the woman was using the same password for the compromised accounts, an obvious way for an identity thief with one password to get to the others.
Three vehicles were entered on Edgerton Street sometime overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, May 13 to 14, police were told, and one of the vehicles was in an unlocked garage. A wallet with some bank cards was stolen. Apparently on the same night, a vehicle was entered on Hollow Tree Ridge Road, about a half-mile away. This map shows the addresses where the vehicles were entered. Darien police gave out these additional details:
23 Edgerton St.
After a traffic stop just after midnight Monday morning, May 18 an officer found a variety of illegal drugs on the back seat and in a passenger’s purse, an open container of alcohol and along with a 9mm Ruger handgun underneath the driver’s seat, police said. A wallet with $1984 in cash in it was found in the door pocket of the driver, who was charged with driving under the influence, on top of numerous other charges, police said
Darien police gave this further account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
The officer first saw the man’s car, a Mitsubishi Mirage, turning from the westbound traffic lane on the Post Road onto Rings End Road, and a short time later, the officer saw the same car emerge from Rings End Road and get on the Post Road, this time headed east, the way it came. The officer followed the car. After seeing it cross the double yellow line over into the westbound side of the road, the officer pulled over the car. When the officer spoke with the driver, Kevin Alvarez, 21, of Bridgeport, the officer could smell the strong odor of marijuana and saw two cases of alcoholic beverages on the car’s back seat, along with an open beer bottle in the cup holder of the center console.
Darien Stop & Shop customers who used one of the self-checkout scanners may be the victims of identity theft, the grocery company has announced. Someone illegally installed a skimming device (or “skimmer”) at that register at the Stop & Shop in the Goodwives Shopping Center at 25 Old Kings Hwy. North. The skimmer was attached for five days at the end of last month — from April 26 to 30 at the Darien store, according to the company. If you may have opted for self-checkout at the Darien supermarket from April 26 to 30, you may want to check the account of any card you may have used to see if there are suspicious transactions, the Stop & Shop announcement said.
There’s a young black bear in Tokeneke, although it “is not considered a threat to people or animals,” police say. Its presence does call for some care, however, according to a police announcement. The bear, weighing about 100 pounds, was seen Thursday. According to the Darien animal control officer, it’s a good idea for people living in or near Tokeneke, in the southeast part of town, to avoid attracting the beast by putting bird feeders and garbage cans in the garage or shed. There’s also no need to call police if you spot it “unless it has caused destruction of property or is presenting some type of safety hazard.”
A Hillcrest Avenue resident told police her purse was stolen out of her unlocked 2020 Audi Q5 sometime overnight Monday to Tuesday, May 4 to 5, and one of her bank cards was used that night at a gas station — in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The incident was one of three that night that were reported to police — one on the same street, the other on Miller Road, less than a mile away. A video surveillance recording at one home on Miller (with locked vehicles) caught a male and another suspect trying to get in cars at 3 a.m., police said. Police gave these additional details of the incidents:
14 Hillcrest Ave. Along with bank cards, the victim’s purse had her identification cards and cash in it.