NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man was accused of assaulting a plow driver with a shovel on Wednesday morning, police said.
The plow driver had been contracted to clear snow from the Norwalk Parking Authority’s Webster Lot. While there he drove by a man, who then struck the plow’s rear-view mirror with a snow shovel, the driver told police. When the driver rolled down a window to talk to the man, the suspect continued to hit the truck with his shovel, according to the police report.
The plow driver got out of the truck, and the suspect hit him in the left arm and head with the end of his shovel, the victim reported. When the driver grabbed his own shovel to defend himself, the suspect stopped and walked into a nearby condo complex, according to the report. The suspect later came from the building grabbing at his waistband as if he had a weapon there, and the driver left the lot, according to the report.
While talking with the victim, police found Tony Thompson, 48, of S. Main Street carrying a shovel in the area. The plow driver identified Thompson as the suspect, police said. Thompson was arrested after a brief struggle with officers, according to the police report.
Thompson was charged with third-degree assault, second-degree threatening, interfering with police and a breach of the peace. He was released on a $5,000 bond, and is due in court on Feb. 13.