High: °
Low: °
Chance of precipitation:


Monday, April 23 News

Cops: Man charged for attacking ex-girlfriend, who violated protective order

A 20-year-old Fairfield man was arrested on a host of charges last Friday night after he allegedly got into a fight with a former girlfriend on Melville Avenue.

Brian Meindl, who lives on Melville Avenue, is accused of assaulting, restraining and trying to strangle the 18-year-old Easton female in his home before the fight spilled out into Melville Park, where he continued to assault her, police said.

The victim, Melissa Diane Barney of Everett Road, Easton, also was charged with violation of a protective order.

Police said Meindl had three protective orders issued against Barney, while Barney had one protective order against Meindl.

"They've been in an on and off-again dating relationship," Deputy Police Chief Christopher Lyddy said Monday. "Both have been involved in numerous assault, breach of peace and harassment investigations. Currently, there are four protective orders." The first protective order was issued in February while the most recent, which lists Barney as the protected person, was issued April 24, police said.

Barney suffered a closed fracture to her face and a nasal fracture, according to the report, and was taken by AMR Ambulance Co. to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport.

Meindl banged his head against a Plexiglass divider in the police car and then against a wall at police headquarters, and was taken by AMR Ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital, police said.

Police received a call about 9:10 p.m. Friday about a loud argument in Melville Park, where a park-goer said a woman was heard screaming, "Get away! You're hurting me!" according to the report. Another resident reported that the woman yelled, "Stop hitting me!" according to the report.

Officers arrived at the scene and asked Meindl to sit in a police car, but he ran away, police said. Barney had several scratch marks and red marks on her face and neck, and bruises above her right eye and on her nose, police said.

Officers caught Meindl after a short foot chase and he was sent to Bridgeport Hospital for an emergency committal examination, police said.

"We determined much of the altercation happened inside Meindl's residence and then it spilled out into the park," Lyddy said. "So inside the residence, Meindl assaulted, restrained and strangled Barney and then it spilled out in the park." Meindl and Barney had met in Easton with plans to drink alcohol and then went to Meindl's house, police said. Both appeared to be intoxicated, police said.

Meindl was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, first-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree breach of peace and violation of a protective order. He was held in lieu of $50,000 bond and was scheduled to have appeared Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Barney was released on a promise to appear in court Monday, police said.