Texts lead to parking lot brawl

A night of heated text messages and “fighting” words led three women to clash in the Kohl’s overflow parking lot on Greenfield Street on June 14, according to police. Before the encounter was over, a tire iron was allegedly wielded as a weapon and one individual was bleeding from a minor head injury.

Ellen Baranosky, 43, of Stratfield Road called 911 to report that she was assaulted in the parking lot. When officers arrived, they found Baranosky bleeding from a minor wound to the head.

She told them that all night long she was receiving texts from an unknown number. The language used included “fighting” words. Eventually she agreed to meet the person sending the text messages at the Kohl’s lot.

Baranosky was alone when officers arrived, but they were able to get information to contact the two other women. Both agreed to return and speak with officers.

According to statements by Jessica Bishop, 29, of Bronson Road and Kristen Dietz, 34, of Sigwin Drive, Baranosky pulled into the parking lot and exited her vehicle wielding a tire iron. Bishop and Dietz took it away from her, knocked her to the ground and left.

Police charged all three with breach of peace and released all parties on promises to appear in court. Dietz and Bishop are scheduled to appear June 27. Baranosky was charged while at St. Vincent’s Medical Center being treated for her head injury. She is due in court on June 21.


Weapons possession

A Bridgeport man entered Davita Dialysis in Fairfield and demanded to see his girlfriend on June 14. The employee told him she was not there and then led the reportedly agitated man into another room to talk. 


Damon Jones

She told police that is where Damon Jones, 37, of Higgins Avenue, Bridgeport, displayed a gun by exposing and grabbing the handle.

The report stated that the employee asked Jones, “Why are you packing?” He allegedly replied, “I have to protect myself.”

Jones left the facility and the employee called police. They found his car at a relative’s house in Bridgeport. When they approached the house, they were told Jones was inside.

As Bridgeport officers came to assist, Jones was spotted running out the back of the home and through neighboring yards. Officers ordered him to stop and he complied.

A search of Jones at the relative’s address, his car and his own address on Higgins Avenue turned up several items that were subsequently seized. Jones had three boxes of mixed ammunition. He was in possession of a Century International Arms 7.62 mm semi-automatic rifle. Police also noted a BB gun.

However, they did not recover a pistol, though the witness at the dialysis center was positive he had one at the time.

Jones was charged with two counts of breach of peace, one count of criminal possession of a firearm, one count of criminal possession of a pistol, weapons in a motor vehicle, second-degree threatening and carrying a pistol without a permit. He was held on a $250,000 bond for court on June 17.


Credit theft


Nestor Rodriguez

A Fairfield cab driver accused of stealing a passenger’s credit card and making more than $1,000 in purchases was arrested on a warrant on June 14. The driver, Nestor Rodriguez, 36, of Rutland Avenue also allegedly entered into an act of exhibitionism during the ride.

The victim told police she had fallen asleep on the Metro-North train and missed her stop on Jan. 21, 2013. She exited in Fairfield and arranged for a cab ride to her home in Ridgefield.

After negotiating a $75 fee for the ride, the victim needed to visit an ATM. She left her purse in the car while she went to get the money. Some time later, she noticed one of her credit cards was missing.

Rodriguez is accused of using the card at numerous locations, including Duchess, the Fairfield Motor Inn, Kohl’s and Internet sites. In total, he allegedly charged $1,165 to her card.

During the January ride to her home, Rodriguez allegedly entered into an act of exhibitionism that was reported and handed by the Ridgefield police.

Fairfield police charged Rodriguez with fourth-degree larceny, credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card, receiving goods from the illegal use of a credit card, third-degree identity theft and third-degree forgery. He was held on a $20,000 bond for court on June 25.



Leilani Morales, 28, of Boston Avenue, Bridgeport, was charged with sixth-degree larceny and possession of shoplifting tools by Fairfield police on June 14. Morales allegedly attempted to steal $165 worth of clothing from Kohl’s using a bag and needle nose pliers.

Morales allegedly took the clothing into a changing stall and concealed it in her bag after removing tags. She then exited the store without paying but was confronted by security.

She was released on a promise to appear in court on June 25.

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