Police: man assaults officer outside club; two assaulted later

Norwalk police cruiser (file).

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) – A man drove at an officer in a night club incident, during which two officers were injured, while two people were assaulted in separate incidents a short time later, police said.

Police said three people were arrested in the Webster Street parking lot as a crowd of 400-500 people exited La Torche, a nightclub at 11 Washington St., shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday.

“Private security and/or management of La Torche deployed pepper spray within the club itself to break up a fight. The La Torche crowd exited the club then continued to fight in several brawls scattered about the large parking lot,” police said. “One Norwalk Police Officer was forced to jump out of the way of a vehicle being driven in the parking lot but was struck by the mirror. The vehicle eventually stopped due to the throng of pedestrians and the driver, Bruno, also resisted and was arrested.”

A passenger came over and “interjected himself into the arrest process” and he too was arrested, police added.

After the crowed refused to disperse, police called for state police “as the officers were severely outnumbered and the crowd was highly volatile,” police said.

Charged were:

  • Christopher Bautista, 26, of Stamford: possession and interfering;
  • Stanley Bruno, 29, of Danbury: reckless driving, interfering and assault on a police officer, breach of the peace and second-degree assault (for allegedly hitting a police officer);
  • Altolane Jackson, 33, of Norwalk: disorderly conduct and interfering for “continuing to move in on officers as they tried to get the crowd back from the arrests.”

Police said Norwalk officers used pepper spray and Tasers while making the arrests.

Meanwhile, in the stabbings, two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The first took place on South Main Street, when a man said he was jumped by five or six people while leaving the Moose Lodge. He had a deep cut to his upper lip and three lacerations on torso, police said.

Then, a man leaving Bradford’s on North Main Street “got into an argument with a group who were being disrespectful to a woman,” police said. The group of about six people chased and assaulted him, and he realized afterward that he had been stabbed, police said.

No arrests were made in the assaults, police said.

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