NORWALK, Conn. Unable to break in the front door of his ex's apartment, an enraged Norwalk man took out an air conditioner and then crawled in the window Friday afternoon, Norwalk Police say. He then tried to strangle the woman in front of her two young children.
Carlos Cordero, 24, of 22 Bouton St. was arrested and charged with burglary second degree, strangulation second degree and injury/risk/impairing morals. Bond was $50,000. He was also arrested on an August warrant and charged with criminal mischief, two counts of injury/risk/impairing morals and disorderly conduct. Bond for those charges was $10,000.
Cordero is the father of the victim's 1- and 4-year old children, Sgt. James Walsh said. The pair were arguing over the phone. He wanted her to cancel her cell phone and she didn't want to.
Cordero's father was with the victim at her Suncrest Road apartment, because the children were sick. The father went outside to take out the recyclables and while he was there his son pulled up.
The victim locked the door. She refused to open it. He kicked it and hit it with a large piece of concrete. Then he went around back and ripped out the air conditioner. She tried to push him out the window but he got in.
The argument continued, Walsh said, and he slapped her across the face, picked up the cell phone and walked out. Then he realized that the phone was his father's, Walsh said, so he went back inside, and hit her again as she was holding the baby. He grabbed her by the neck, and, as they fell together, she hit her head on the wall, Walsh said. His hands were on her neck and she could not breathe, according to the police account. Cordero's father pulled him off, and he left.
She called police at 2:21 p.m. Walsh said the older man's statement corroborated the victim's statement. She refused medical treatment.
The warrant stemmed from an Aug. 27 incident at the same apartment. Walsh said Cordero found the victim with another man and slashed two tires on the man's car.
Contact reporter Nancy Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org
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