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Norwalk Card Game Leads to an Assault

NORWALK, Conn. – A card game ended with one of the participants lying on a Main Street sidewalk bleeding early Thursday morning, after the conversation turned to politics. Norwalk Police arrested a man who was seen leaving the scene holding a metal baseball bat.

Romi Leska, 33, of 58 Fairfield Ave. was charged with having weapons in motor vehicle, breach of peace second degree and assault first degree. Bond was $100,000.

Leska told police he had taken the bat from the man who was bleeding. Gjon Marleku, 37, of 12 Morris St., Stamford, was charged with breach of peace second degree and criminal mischief third degree.

Police were called to 181 Main St. at 3:38 a.m. by a motorist who said he had seen a man lying on the sidewalk bleeding and a man with a baseball bat leaving in a white SUV. They found Marleku, who had a large gash on his head. Sgt. James Boff said Marleku was incoherent and unable to answer questions. He smelled of alcohol, Boff said.

Witnesses said several men had been playing cards and drinking inside Blackstones Steakhouse . When the talk became ugly, Marleku and Leska were asked to leave. One witness said he looked out the window and saw Leska hit Marleku, then leave.

Leska, whose vehicle matched the description given by the complainant, was stopped on Martin Luther King Drive. He told officers he had left the steakhouse and that Marleku chased him outside. He said had only hit Marleku with his hands. He said Marleku had the bat and had hit the side mirror and a door on the SUV. Leska said he had taken the bat and left.

Police say the SUV's mirror was broken but there was no damage to the door.

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