NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man has been charged with strangling and raping his girlfriend in their home early Monday, police said.
Police received a 911 call early Monday consisting of only a scream from a female voice before the call disconnected. The call was traced to a Princeton Street home, where officers found a 52-year-old woman outside in a state of distress, according to police reports.
Gary Bozzett, 57, of Princeton Street was inside the house at the time and initially said he and the woman had just had a verbal argument, police said. When separated from Bozzett, the victim told police that he had grabbed her by the neck, choked her and slapped her when she attempted to end the relationship, according police reports.
He then threatened to kill the woman and himself before forcing himself on her sexually, according to the victim’s statement to police. The woman was taken to Norwalk Hospital for a physical evaluation, police said.
The victim’s roommate told police that he had heard an argument between the two that morning, and heard sounds of a physical struggle, according to the police report.
Bozzett was arrested and charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree strangulation, third-degree assault and second-degree threatening. He was held on $100,000 bond and is due in court April 4.