Monroe Police: Man runs from courthouse to avoid GPS ankle monitor

MONROE, CT — Police officers set up a perimeter around a house on Birchwood Road Tuesday afternoon after a man allegedly told his ex-wife the only way he would leave her home was if police killed him or he killed himself.

The victim fled her home with her son and called police when he refused to leave her house, despite an ex parte full no contact restraining order.

Officers responding to the 4:18 p.m. call found the suspect’s vehicle parked around the corner and checked the surrounding neighborhood to make sure he was not outside on foot.

Officers used an intercom and instructed the man to come outside, but police said nobody came to the door. While this was happening, police said the man texted the victim, telling her he was outside in the woods.

But after two hours, police said he walked out of the house and was arrested without incident. He was charged with two counts of violation of a protective order, criminal violation of a restraining order and interfering with an investigation.

He was issued a court date of March 20 and released on $20,000 bond.

Then on Wednesday, the court contacted police around 1:06 p.m. to inform them the man ran out of the courthouse in Bridgeport before receiving his domestic violence GPS monitoring bracelet.

Police officers went to the house on Birchwood Road to make sure the victim and her child were safe, before learning he was in Greenwich.

Police notified the court of his whereabouts and said the man returned to court later in the day to be fitted for his ankle bracelet.

Fire leads to evacuation of Chipotle

Police evacuated Chipotle Mexican Grill and Jersey Mike’s at 143 Purdy Hill Road Wednesday night, after construction debris, boxes and wooden pallets caught fire near the building.

Employees from Jersey Mike’s and Chipotle dumped buckets of water on the flames, then police officers used a fire extinguisher, which mostly subdued the fire but didn’t extinguish it, according to the report.

Firefighters responding to the call, which came in just after 5 p.m., quickly put out the fire.

Monroe Fire Chief Kevin Catalano said there was no damage to the building and business resumed at Chipotle and Jersey Mike’s.

The construction debris came from work being done at Wayback Burgers, another tenant in the building that has yet to open.

Fire Marshal William “Bill” Davin determined the fire was accidental.

Stolen checks, one washed

A 90-year-old Monroe man told officers two checks he placed in his mailbox as outgoing mail on March 4 were stolen, one for $273 and the other for $73, according to a police complaint made on March 16.

Bank of America later called to notify him that someone changed the amount of one of the stolen checks and deposited $3,200.

Police said criminals do this to wait for the hold period to pass and if the check clears without anyone noticing, they withdraw the money.

The victim immediately contacted Bank of America to report the fraudulent transaction. Police said the money was already withdrawn. However, the bank still refunded the money, according to police.

Bounced check leads to arrest

A 31-year-old New York man turned himself in on a warrant March 18 after allegedly bouncing a $17,156 check for a delivery from Pella Windows in Monroe, according to police.

He was charged with issuing a bad check of over $2,000 and released on $5,000 bond for a March 27 court date.

Police said he made a $20,000 downpayment, before bouncing the $17,156 check upon delivery on Feb. 27. Then he allegedly did not get back to Pella Windows after numerous attempts to contact him.

The bank was unable to locate the account number for the check, police added.

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Because of this, The Sun only uses names of people in police reports for some of the more serious crimes: murder, brutal beatings, robberies, burglaries, car thefts, sexual assault, pedophilia and fatal crashes.

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