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Abused Woman Seeks Refuge in Norwalk Store

NORWALK, Conn. – A young woman ran barefoot down Norwalk streets to escape her boyfriend Tuesday morning after being held against her will, punched, bitten and strangled, Norwalk Police say. She made it to the safety of the Main Avenue Cumberland Farms, where witnesses say he hit her and tried to drag her out of the store before giving up and walking away.

Roman Ruben, 41, of 7B Eclipse St. was arrested and charged with strangulation second degree, threatening second degree, unlawful restraint first degree, assault third degree and breach of peace second degree. Bond was $50,000.

Police say the pair have been having difficulties and the woman went to his place to talk things over after her shift as a bartender in Stamford. An argument ensued, police said, and at about 4 a.m. she tried to leave but he grabbed her by her hair, dragged her down the street and upstairs. Police say he punched her, slapped her, bit her and held her eyes open.

She went outside to get things out of his car and he forced her into the back seat, police said. She could not get out due to child safety locks. She managed to unlock the door through an open window and ran. He crashed his car in his driveway, ripping off the bumper before chasing her down the road.

When she made it to the store she fell on the floor and vomited.

His car had broken down and police apprehended him at about 7:30 a.m.

Also on the police blotter:

? A Norwalk man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the theft of more than $9,000 worth of landscaping equipment in early August. Wilson Vega, 36, of 58 Plattsville Ave. was charged with burglary third degree and larceny third degree.

The equipment included a 48-inch mower, three backpack blowers, two power blowers, four hedge clippers, seven weed whackers and one aerator. It was stored in a garage on the property where Vega lives and was reported missing Aug. 13.

Police recovered the lawn mower. It was turned in by a man who had heard it was stolen. Police said the man told them he said he ran into Vega at a Dunkin' Donuts, where Vega offered to sell him the mower. Vega said his boss was going out of business because he was sick and asked him to sell the equipment for him, police quoted the man as saying. The man paid $600 for the mower and gave it to a friend of his, who has a landscaping company.

Nothing else has been recovered.

Contact reporter Nancy Chapman at nchapman@thedailynorwalk.com.

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