Darien man charged after jealous fit
STAMFORD -- A Darien man who police said bashed his neighbor's front door in with a potted plant Thursday morning because he thought his wife was sleeping there was arraigned in state Superior court in Stamford on burglary and other charges.
Dariusz Lesniewski, 37, of 4 Devonshire Road, was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, attempted second-degree burglary and breach of peace after police responded to a Glenwood Drive home around 1 a.m. Thursday on a report of someone trying to break through a front door.
Moments later, Lesniewski was stopped by police on Victory Drive, which connects to Glenwood Drive, a police report on the incident said.
The Glenwood Drive homeowner told police he heard the banging and came downstairs to see the front panels of his door being smashed in. He then saw his neighbor, Lesniewski, trying to reach through the broken panels and unlock the door from the inside in order to get in and assault him, the report said.
The 42-year-old homeowner, a University of Connecticut police officer, then brandished his baton, and Lesniewski, whom the neighbor knows as Derek, began swearing at him in Polish before walking down his driveway and pulling up the man's mailbox and smashing it on the ground, the report said; when Lesniewski talked to police, he said he was banging on the door because he suspected his wife was sleeping with the owner.
Officers then went to Lesniewski's home and talked to his 39-year-old wife, who said she knew nothing about what happened until she awoke at home and heard her husband yelling down the street. The woman said she did not have any kind of altercation or argument with her husband Wednesday night, but she did tell police that Lesniewski had been drinking earlier in the evening.
Lesniewski was released on a written promise to appear in court and was instructed to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment. He is due back in court July 3.