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Norwalk Man Charged With Inciting Crowd To Riot

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk teen who allegedly told police trying to break up a crowd that they would face a hail of bullets was charged early Wednesday with inciting to riot.

According to Sgt. Lisa Cotto, the threat was made while Norwalk police officers were trying to break up a large crowd on Sheridan Street near Woodward Avenue after being called there at 12:33 a.m. on a noise complaint. There were about 50 people, some of whom went north on Woodward after being asked to move along. Police followed them. When Nkosi Cantey, 18, of 49 Meadow St., was told to get off private property, Cotto said, he responded with, "I'm going to let bullets rain on your head."

Cantey tried to flee, Cotto said, then grabbed the handrail of a nearby house and refused to move. He struggled with police, Cotto said, and when he was handcuffed he accused police of beating him up, causing the crowd to close in around him and the officers as he continued to yell.

Cantey was taken to police headquarters, where he refused to answer questions, Cotto said.

Meanwhile, as police continued to try to break up the crowd, Shawnelle Philo, 22, of 9 Goodrow St., refused to move along and was also arrested, Cotto said.

Cantey was charged with inciting to riot, interfering with an officer, breach of peace second degree and threatening second degree. Bond was $5,000, Cotto said.

Philo was charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer. Bond was $500.

Cantey was arrested in the same area on June 7, Cotto said, and charged with possession of narcotics and possession with intent to sell.

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