NORWALK — A Fairfield man was charged with assault and strangulation following an altercation over missing medication at a local motel, police said.
Shortly after 2 a.m. Monday police received a report of a disturbance at Econolodge, 469 Westport Ave. The complainant told police that David Delmedico became angry after accusing the alleged victim of consuming his methadone.
Methadone is used as a pain reliever and it is also used to reduce withdrawal symptoms in narcotics addiction.
The complainant told police that as Delmedico then tried to call people for narcotics, the victim was grabbed by him after attempting to stop him by taking the phone away.
The alleged victim then attempted to lock themselves in the bathroom, but police say Delmedico got in and strangled the person with a towel.
Police say the person had been struck in the face by Delmedico and had visible minor injuries, but declined medical attention.
Delmedico, 33, of Szost Drive, Fairfield, was arrested at the motel and charged with disorderly conduct, third-degree strangulation and third-degree assault.
His bond was set at $5,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.