Accused Darien Town Hall custodian fired
Updated 6:45 pm, Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Darien Town Hall custodian who was arrested Thursday on a number of charges was fired.
Director of Human Resources Nancy Markey confirmed in an email that he was terminated from his job on April 23.
Javonte Ramos, 20, of 25 Suncrest Road, Norwalk, was arrested Thursday on charges of falsely reporting an incident in the first degree, two counts of falsely reporting an incident in the second degree and one count of providing a false statement. Police said he wrote, and subsequently reported, a threatening note found in Darien Town Hall April 9 when the building was evacuated and searched by bomb squad dogs.
Ramos is also a line officer of Engine 41 for the Noroton Heights Fire Department. He was suspended Thursday morning until the outcome of his case is determined, according to Noroton Height Fire Chief Ron Riolo. Ramos has been with the department since 2011 and was promoted to line officer in 2013.
"Javonte is deeply sorry for the distress he has caused the town," said Mark Sherman, who represents Ramos. "This is a young man who is hard-working, kind and dedicated to public service."
At 9:30 p.m. April 22, Ramos reported to police that there was a burglary in progress at Town Hall. He told police that he saw a man climbing through a basement window in an attempt to get into the building, according to the report, and when the male saw Ramos, he fled. Ramos said he chased the suspect and caught him but he struck Ramos on the head and escaped, according to police.
When police arrived on scene, they searched the area with help from the K-9 unit but no suspect was found, the report stated.
Ramos was transported to Stamford Hospital after he complained of head pain.
Detectives re-interviewed Ramos at police headquarters Wednesday and several inconsistencies in Ramos' story became evident as the interview progressed, according to the report.
Ramos eventually admitted to making up the entire "burglary in progress" call the night before, police said.
Additionally, Ramos called police on April 15 to report a suspicious person outside Town Hall at approximately 10:30 p.m. Officers responded but did not find anyone in the area. Police determined that the report was bogus.
Ramos was the individual who found the threatening note "Every1 Will Die!!!" at Darien Town Hall April 9, police said. Detectives questioned him about the note, which resulted in the evacuation and search of Town Hall with bomb squad dogs, and determined that he wrote it.
A warrant was obtained for his arrest and Ramos turned himself in on Thursday.
Ramos was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court May 5.
Ramos started working for the town as a seasonal employee for the Park and Recreation Department in May 2013. He was then hired as a temporary employee for Public Works in November 2013.
Ramos has only been a permanent custodian for the town on March 24, 2014.
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