DARIEN — A 46-year-old Darien man was charged with assault and strangulation after an argument allegedly turned violent.

On Jan. 4 around 12:25 p.m., a dispatcher at Darien police headquarters received a 911 call that consisted of arguing between two people, one of whom was crying for help. The dispatcher was unable to speak with the caller, so the location of the call was traced to a residence in Tokeneke.

Police were sent to the home where they met with Mitchell Kelly, of Old Farm Road. Kelly said he’d been in an argument with someone else where they allegedly “grabbed each other’s phones.” Kelly told police the other person had since left the scene.

Police said they located the victim at a local restaurant a short time later. Police interviewed the victim who said they’d been arguing with Kelly. The victim said Kelly became violent and began flailing his arms, grabbing the victim’s phone while the victim tried to call 911. The victim, who said they grabbed Kelly’s phone instead, also said Kelly grabbed their throat at one point. Police said the victim had minor injuries to their neck at the time of the interview.

Police arrested Kelly, who was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree strangulation and interfering with an emergency call. He paid a $2,500 bond and appeared in court Jan. 5.

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