A Kensington, Conn., man tried to strangle his fiancee in Fairfield after the two got into a physical fight over text messages early Sunday, police said.
Robert E. Perretta, 45, was charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
According to police, Perretta's fiancee came to headquarters around 3 p.m. Sunday to report the incident that she said took place after the pair had returned from a party earlier that morning. She said Perretta started to question her about who was text messaging her and words were exchanged.
She said they both fell into a closet door, and the door broke and fell on Perretta's head, who she said then grabbed her by the neck with both hands, making it hard for her to breathe, according to the report. At one point, she told police that Perretta kept hold of her neck with one hand and punched her with the other. She said tried kicking and pushing him off her, according to the report.
Police said the fiancee had swelling to her temple and jaw, bruises on arms and thigh, and red areas of her neck.
Perretta denied the fiancee's account and said they had been pushing and hitting each other.
He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to have appeared Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court.