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West Haven man suspected in death of Darien officer charged with assault

Updated 2:24 pm, Thursday, July 28, 2011

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  • Anthony Sabato is pictured in a Wallingfor Police Department booking photo. Photo: Contributed Photo

    Anthony Sabato is pictured in a Wallingfor Police Department booking photo.

    Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The man who was suspected of being involved in the shooting death of a Darien police officer was arrested recently on assault charges.

Anthony Sabato, 53, of West Haven, was arrested on June 10 in connection with an incident that took place on Aug. 1, 2010, Wallingford Police Lt. William Wright said.

Officers were called to the Redwood Flea Market for a report of an assault. The victim told officers Sabato punched him the side of the face and then threw his coffee on him, Wright said. Later that month, Wright said he was contacted by an officer from Stamford who said he had heard about the case and believed Sabato was involved. The assault victim was then asked to identify Sabato in a photo lineup but was unable to because he said the photos looked like a younger Sabato, Wright said.

The case was looked at again in June, 2011, when Darien officers contacted Wallingford with information about Sabato. Sabato was named as a suspect in the 1981 death of Darien Police Officer Kenneth Bateman who was dispatched to the Duchess Restaurant where he was shot in the neck and later pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital. Bateman's death is the only unsolved homicide of a police officer in the state.

He was charged with third-degree assault and was released on a $5,000 bond. Sabato appeared in court on June 22.