In an area where police previously received complaints of trespassing and vandalism, Darien police charged two brothers with trespassing, and one of them with possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, police said.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated at 5:05 p.m. with statements by one of the brothers and by removing some information not related to any charges.
Here’s how police described what happened, including accusations not proven in court (except where noted, all information is from police):
A police officer was “on patrol of a large piece of property” on the shoreline and off of Great Island Road on Saturday at about 4:23 p.m., according to a police announcement.
The property has prominent signs, at every entrance and throughout the property, saying “Private Property, Trespassers Prosecuted According to Law.”
The officer saw two males on the property, so he approached them in his vehicle. Asked what they were doing, they told him they expected to use the dock on the property, where a friend would pick them up on his boat.
The two identified themselves as Nicholas Allam, 23, of Old Dam Road in Fairfield and his brother, Christopher Allam, 26, of Manhattan.
As the officer spoke with them, he saw Nicholas put his hand in and out of his pocket in a nervous way. The officer then saw a plastic baggie sticking out of Nicholas’ pocket, and the officer saw something in the bag that he believed was a narcotic.
The officer took the baggie and saw what looked like psychedelic mushrooms in it. Allam was arrested.
While he was being handcuffed, he noticed that Christopher became nervous and the officer wanted to search him, as well, but Christopher fled toward the boat dock.
Christopher Allam told Darienite.com in an interview Tuesday that he had only been away for a half a minute before returning.
Other police officers arrived, and at that point, according to the Darien police announcement, Christopher came back.
Christopher was put in custody, but was later released at the scene after he was issued a misdemeanor summons charging him with third-degree criminal trespassing and interfering with an officer.
Nicholas Allam was charged with third-degree trespassing and possession of a hallucinogen. At 7:12 p.m., he posted a $250 bond and was released at Police Headquarters.
Both of the Allam brothers are scheduled to appear Sept. 10 in state Superior Court in Stamford.
Christopher Allam said in the interview that he and his brother formerly lived in Darien and it was common practice for young people to go through the property to get to a boat offshore. The two were visiting town that day and didn’t realize that the property owner wanted to crack down on that now, he said.
The police announcement said: “The department wishes to remind the public that Great Island Road and the surrounding property is owned privately, to include the dock located on the property.”
Correction: In an earlier version of this article, the caption of the picture misidentified Nicholas Allam’s age and town where he lives.