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Norwalker Charged in Car Window Smashing

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man whose car was blocking another vehicle refused to move it Wednesday afternoon. Instead, he called two friends and they smashed the windows of the hemmed in car before driving away, Norwalk Police said.

But the owner of the damaged car knew the other driver and described his car to police officers. Emmanuel Gonzalez, 20, of 6 Larsen St. was arrested Thursday and charged with multiple counts in connection with the incident.

According to Sgt. Lisa Cotto:

Police responding to a 2:22 p.m. call of a disturbance at 72 Woodward Ave. found the complainant with his damaged vehicle. The car's left and right front windows, the right rear window and the windshield were broken.

The complainant said he had been driving on Woodward Avenue and Gonzalez, whom he knows, was behind him in a black Honda. The complainant pulled into 72 Woodward Ave. and Gonzalez followed him, parking the car in such a way as to block the driveway.

The complainant figured that wasn't a big problem, as he had other things to do. He walked to a store, but when he came back Gonzalez was still blocking the driveway.

He asked Gonzalez to move the car, but Gonzalez responded in an angry way and said he was not going to leave. All he did was get in the car, sit there and use his cell phone.

Two men arrived a few minutes later. Two of them threw rocks at the complainant's car and one hit it with a metal pipe, smashing the driver's side window.

A witness corroborated the complainant's account of what happened. Police ran a computer check on Gonzalez's name and found there were nine outstanding warrants on him.

Police put out an alert for the black Honda. An officer found it at Monterey Place and towed it to headquarters. There was a pipe in the back seat.

Police located Gonzalez on Thursday and arrested him. He was charged with criminal mischief first degree, reckless endangerment, breach of peace second degree, failure to renew registration, no insurance, operating without a license, six counts of failure to appear second degree and failure to respond to an infraction.

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