Breach of Peace Charge for 19-Year-Old Man


Police last week arrested a 19-year-old Norwalk man and charged him with second-degree breach of peace.

At about 7:37 p.m. on April 2 (a Tuesday), officers responded to 228 Elm St. to investigate a harassment complaint that involved the arrested man and a victim, according to a police report.

Through an investigation, probable cause was established to bring the misdemeanor charge, the report said.

Under state law, a person is guilty of second-degree breach of peace if he or she “with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, such person: (1) Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior in a public place; or (2) assaults or strikes another; or (3) threatens to commit any crime against another person or such other person’s property; or (4) publicly exhibits, distributes, posts up or advertises any offensive, indecent or abusive matter concerning any person; or (5) in a public place, uses abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene gesture,” among other reasons.

Police withheld details of the incident, saying it’s a domestic matter. The man was formally arrested at police headquarters at 10:30 p.m. on the night of April 2.

He was released after promising to appear the following day in state Superior Court. According to Connecticut Judicial Branch records, he has not yet entered a plea or retained a lawyer, and is scheduled to be arraigned May 28.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Stamford provides services, support and education for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence. Its 24-hour hotline is 888-774-2900. To reach DVCC offices during regular business hours, the number is 203-588-9100. Services are free and confidential, multilingual and multicultural. Here’s a podcast with the organization’s executive director.

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