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Former Town Hall janitor seeks mental health treatment

Published 12:14 pm, Monday, May 5, 2014
  • Javonte Ramos, who was employed at Darien Town Hall as a custodian, was arrested Thursday, April 24, on several charges in connection with an incident involving a threatening note found April 9. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News
    Javonte Ramos, who was employed at Darien Town Hall as a custodian, was arrested Thursday, April 24, on several charges in connection with an incident involving a threatening note found April 9. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Javonte Ramos, the former town employee accused of lying about several incidents, one of which forced the evacuation of Darien Town Hall, is seeking mental health treatment following his arraignment Monday morning.

"Javonte never intended this to snowball into a real threat," Mark Sherman, Ramos' attorney, said. "He is deeply sorry for the distress he caused the town. He has accepted responsibility and will hopefully get the services he needs through the criminal court system."

Ramos, 20, of 25 Suncrest Road, Norwalk, was arrested April 24 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 will seek treatment from the Franklin S. Dubois Center in Stamford, and will appear in court again on June 16.

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 Department of Public Works in November 2013.

Ramos became a permanent custodian for the town on March 24, 2014. He was terminated from his job on April 23.

Ramos is also a line officer of Engine 41 for the Noroton Heights Fire Department. He was suspended the morning of April 24 until the outcome of his case is determined, according to Noroton Heights Fire Chief Ron Riolo.

"Javonte is deeply committed to public service," Sherman said outside the Stamford courtroom Monday. "He hopes this doesn't jeopardize any future involvement in that arena."

mspicer@bcnnew.com; 203-330-6583; @Meg_DarienNews