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Tuesday, December 18 News

Accused rapist found mentally incompetent

BRIDGEPORT — A New Haven man accused of raping and robbing a woman as she walked home from the Fairfield train station was found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin, following a hearing Friday morning, ordered Michael Fontaine committed to the Whiting Forensic Division of the Connecticut Valley Hospital for 90 days after a psychiatric social worker testified that Fontaine cannot assist in his own defense.

Blanche Grinowsky, a psychiatric social worker, also testified that Fontaine suffers from the delusion that he inherited a large amount of money.

Fontaine sat looking down at the desk in front of him during the brief hearing.

The judge continued the case to Feb. 13 when it will be determined if Fontaine can be restored to competency.

Fontaine, 48, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, first-degree robbery, third-degree assault and second-degree larceny.

Fairfield police said on Dec. 17, 2016, the victim had taken the train to New York City where she had gone with friends to the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall.

When she got back to the Fairfield Train Station about 10 p.m., police said, she decided to take the short walk to her home, not far from the Police Department.

Fontaine was apparently waiting in the shadows, police said.

Neighbors reported hearing a woman screaming and called police. The woman, her clothes pulled off, managed to get to a house, police said.

Officers began to track shoe prints in freshly fallen snow along with a blood trail left by the suspect as a result of the struggle with the victim, police said. The trail led to Fontaine, who was hiding in bushes on Old Post Road with items he had allegedly stolen from the woman, police said.

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