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Local man charged with allegedly strangling woman during argument

January 30, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD - Police arrested a local man Monday night after he allegedly choked a woman during a dispute at a South End residence.

Stamford Police Sgt. Brian Butler said a woman had gone to her ex’s house to collect some money he owed her. When she got there, the ex was not home so she let herself in using a key, the sergeant said.

At some point, Butler said the ex, identified as Melvin Roman, 35, returned home “intoxicated, angry and didn’t have the money he owed,” the woman. The two began to argue, he said, at which point Roman “grabbed the woman by her neck with both hands and started choking her.”

The woman managed to “break away” Butler said, and ran to her vehicle where she called 911. Roman followed the woman out of the residence and picked up a rock “in a threatening manner,” the sergeant said, but dropped it when he heard police sirens approaching.

When police arrived at about 10 p.m., they attempted to take Roman into custody, but he resisted, Butler said, and “they had to take him to the ground and cuff him.”

Roman was charged with second-degree strangulation, third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.

kat.russell@stamfordadvocate.com