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Man Burns Hats to Expel Demons

With smoke coming into the house through the basement door Monday, a resident of Avenue E in Norwalk thought the basement was on fire. Turned out that a visitor to the basement apartment had set hats on fire in the back yard to get rid of demons infesting the house.

Jose Delcid, 48, was arrested and charged with reckless burning. He was being held on a $5,000 bond.

The complainant said she was afraid of Delcid, who had been talking nonstop about God and the Bible. The basement apartment's resident, who described himself as a best friend to Delcid for many years, had invited him to stay the night because he had been acting "crazy" and "not right" for over a week.

Officer Sofia Gulino found evidence of a fire 10 feet from the back of the house. She reported that she found Delcid in the basement, holding a red and black barbecue lighter. Delcid initially denied that he thought there were demons in the home, and said he burned the hats because they  stunk. He said that on a recent Saturday he had smoked something that he thinks had bad marijuana in it, and had been having strange thoughts ever since. He could see people's eyes transforming and getting larger, and said he could smell a stink coming off people. The stink was also in the house, and Delcid was trying to get rid of the stink with the fire.

Gulino said Delcid did eventually mention demons. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital for an evaluation, and then to the police station.

Also on the police blotter:

Representatives of the Children's Connection helped Norwalk Police arrest Luis Roque, 53, for sexual assault in the fourth degree and injury/risk/impairing morals. Bond was $25,000.

Roque allegedly engaged in inappropriate touching of a 10-year-old on Aug. 13. The child, who is from out of town, was staying with a grandmother. Roque is a member of the child's extended family through an ended marriage.

Family members noticed the child behaving oddly and reported the incident to police. Representatives of the Children's Connection interviewed the child, which led to the arrest.

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