NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man with a criminal record was Tasered three times early Friday running from Norwalk Police while they searched for a man who had broken into an occupied home, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. Both men were arrested.
The incident began when a Meadow Street woman awoke at about 5 a.m. to hear someone calling her name, Cotto said. Her baby's father, Roderick Mullins, 37, of 18 Monroe St., was in the apartment, although all the doors were locked. He had a hammer, which she thought he had used to break in.
Mullins, who has a criminal record, had frightened the victim last week, according to Cotto. He had jumped on her car at a red light, trying to get in. When she awoke early Friday to find him in her apartment, she felt afraid for her life. She said Mullins seemed to be on drugs and screamed at her that he wanted to see his son, one of two small children in the home. She yelled back at him, telling him to get out. He grabbed her clothing, Cotto said, but she broke away, going downstairs to call 911.
Mullins was gone when police got there, Cotto said. Officers looking for him on Larsen Street came upon Clarence Williams, 39, of 10B Leonard St., who was known to police. Williams ran and went between two parked cars, where he reached into his waistband, which could indicate a gun, police said. He was Tasered, but kept running. Police did not find anything between the cars.
Williams, who has been convicted on criminal trespass and possession of narcotics charges, was Tasered again while running on South Main Street. He fell to the ground, but kept resisting, Cotto said. Unable to get handcuffs on him, police Tasered him again. He was subdued and taken to Norwalk Hospital, where he asked why he had been arrested. He was told that he had been charged with interfering with a police officer.
The woman later called police to say that Mullins was back at her apartment, Cotto said. He had come back for his hammer. Police found him behind the house and arrested him. He was highly intoxicated, Cotto said, under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Mullins was charged with home invasion, a felony, reckless endangerment first degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and threatening second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. He has been previously convicted on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass, breach of peace, threatening second degree, assault third degree and larceny sixth degree.