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Tuesday, April 24 News

Man charged with assault after dispute with girlfriend in motel

A Stratford man was charged on a warrant Monday with assaulting his girlfriend and damaging a room at a local motel over the weekend.

Paul F. Fanciulli, 34, of Victory Street in Stratford, was charged with third-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for the 5 a.m. incident Saturday at the Best Western motel, 100 Kings Highway Cutoff.

Police received a call from the motel manager, who said Fanciulli's girlfriend came to the lobby and reported that he had assaulted her. The manager let her wait in an office until police arrived.

She told police the pair had been out earlier and she returned to the motel before Fanciulli did. When he returned, they argued and he pushed her against a window, causing her to hit the back of her head, according to the report. He ripped a mirror off the wall and punched a hole in the wall, police said. The woman said Fanciulli took his car keys and coat and left, and she hid his gun in a desk drawer. He returned a second time and found the gun, and left, according to the report.

Officers attempted to locate Fanciulli, who at one point agreed to come to police headquarters for an interview, but he failed to show up. At that point, according to the report, police secured a warrant for Fanciulli's arrest and he turned himself in at police headquarters at 7:45 p.m. Monday.

Fanciulli was held in lieu of a $500,000 bond and was scheduled to have appeared Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.