DARIEN — A 21-year-old New Haven man was charged after allegedly assaulting a woman he dated at their workplace in Darien.
Police responded to the area of Post Road and Thorndal Circle on Oct. 31 around 11:10 p.m. on a complaint of an alleged assault. Officers arrived to find the victim lying in the roadway. Nearby, officers found Devin Natividad,who matched the suspect’s description, walking near the Post Road and Day Street intersection.
The victim said she had been dating Natividad, but the two had recently broken up. The two work together in Darien and had gotten into an argument that night because Natividad wanted a ride home and the victim wouldn’t give him one. When she said no, the New Haven man became angry and physically prevented the victim from leaving, holding her by her shoulders. A manager came in and broke up the two so the victim could leave, but Natividad followed the victim to her car.
As the victim walked to her car, Natividad knocked the victim’s hat off her head, smashed her cell phone and dumped the contents of her purse on the ground. As the victim gathered her belongings, Natividad began kicking her car. When the victim confronted him, he hit her in the stomach and attempted to wrestle her to the ground.
Natividad then took the victim’s purse and walked away down the Post Road. The victim got in her car and followed him. When she caught up to Natividad, she got out of her car to confront him. When she did, Natividad jumped into the victim’s car and drove about a half mile down the road. He then got out of the car, locked it and walked away with the keys.
Witnesses corroborated the victim’s story.
Natividad, of Russell Street, New Haven, was charged with breach of peace, use of a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree unlawful restraint. He was held on a $5,000 bond and brought to Stamford court the next day.
The victim declined medical attention.