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Man Assaulted in South Norwalk; Suspect Caught

NORWALK, Conn. – A man who was hanging out in front of a Laundromat on Woodward Avenue on Sunday afternoon was punched and threatened with a broken bottle, according to the account relayed by Norwalk police. Officer Cesar Ramirez located the suspect in a nearby bodega, hiding behind shelves. The suspect ran but fell during the chase and was captured.

Jose Lutz, 49, of 10 Olean St., was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace, interfering with an officer, criminal impersonation and second-degree forgery. Bond was set at $15,000.

The victim, whose face was bloody from a cut on his lip, said he had been hanging out when a man approached and punched him in the face for no apparent reason. The suspect then broke a beer bottle and made a gesture as if he would stab the victim with it. There was no stabbing, and the victim provided a description to police at 3 p.m.

Ramirez spotted a man matching the description on Chestnut Street, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. He went into the Coqui Grocery Store & Deli, located at Lexington and Olean streets. When Ramirez found him, he ran out but fell to the ground while being chased.

Later in the day, officers realized Lutz had provided a false name and date of birth.

The victim refused medical attention. Lutz did not speak English well, Cotto said, and did not provide an explanation for the alleged attack.

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