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Stamford Police: Man Rips Out Part of Padded Cell Wall

A police officer stands by the door of a padded Stamford Police holding cell that was damaged by a man facing arrest for assaulting a restaurant manager late Tuesday.
A police officer stands by the door of a padded Stamford Police holding cell that was damaged by a man facing arrest for assaulting a restaurant manager late Tuesday. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A city man who fought with a restaurant manager late Tuesday after accusing him of tripping him and causing him to drop his four-month old son, also ripped off part of a padded police holding cell wall, police said.

Charged with risk of injury to a child, third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace, interfering with an officer, refusing fingerprinting and third-degree criminal mischief is Javier Agurto, 31, of 1 Washington Court.

Police said Agurto was carrying the child in a car seat when it caught on something protruding from a wall and the man stumbled, causing him to drop the child who wasn't belted in the car seat, a witness told police. The angry man accused the manager of Del Frisco's of tripping him and punched the manager, Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said in reference to the police report.

Agurto was subdued by staff until police arrived. Police said that his wife was intoxicated and a nurse who was at the restaurant was asked to keep an eye on the child as police sorted out the situation. The mother accompanied the child when EMS arrived to take the child to the hospital to be evaluated.

Shawinsky said that the Department of Children and Families was notified.

After Agurto was being held in a regular holding cell, a sergeant became concerned about his safety and placed him in a padded cell. Soon after the man could be observed ripping out a portion of the padded wall and police charged him with third-degree criminal mischief for that damage.

He was held for arraignment Wednesday.

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