NORWALK, Conn. – A couple unloading a car briefly at Norwalk's bus station late Thursday got a surprise, according to Norwalk Police. A man got in the car and tried to drive away. Stopping him wasn't too difficult, because the male victim reached into the car and took the key out of the ignition.
The victim called at 8:10 p.m. to say that someone was trying to steal his girlfriend's car, according to Sgt. Lisa Cotto. She had taken him to Pulse Point on Burnell Boulevard to drop him off for the bus. As they were taking things out of the trunk, the man got into the 2007 red Ford Fusion. The victim shut off the ignition, and a minor struggle ensued. No one was hurt.
The victim pointed out Earl Whitfield, 46, of 133 Main St., as the attempted carjacker. Whitfield was arrested and evaluated by paramedics on the scene as he appeared to be under the influence of drugs. As he was being processed at police headquarters, he said not feeling well because he used PCP earlier in the evening, according to Cotto.
Whitfield was charged with carjacking and breach of peace. Bond was set at $40,000.
Also on the police blotter:
• Christian Heise, 27, of 21 Bond St., caused a disturbance in a Norwalk neighborhood Thursday morning when he tried to enter several houses and a car, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said.
A resident of the area of 74 Beacon St. said she pulled into the driveway of her home and Heise opened her driver's side door, according to Cotto. He said he needed to speak with her. Then he walked away, allowing her the opportunity to get into the house and lock the door. Heise followed, kicking and banging on the door.
Another pair of residents said they heard their door open and turned to look. Cotto said Heise was walking away from the house.
Another man said Heise had a can of spray paint in his hand when he knocked on the door and engaged him in conversation.
Finally, Heise banged on the door of a fourth house with his fists and kicked it, Cotto said. He told the occupants he would spray them in the eyes with spray paint.
Heise was arrested and charged with second-degree breach of peace and second-degree threatening. Bond was set at $5,000.