Man charged with damaging movie theater searching for girlfriend
A Bridgeport man came to the Fairfield Cinemas, 40 Black Rock Turnpike, Friday night looking for his girlfriend and, according to police, over the course of the search ended up breaking some glass and denting a wall.
Jeremy J. Collins, 36, of Britton Avenue, Bridgeport, was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, and released on a promise to appear Jan. 6 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
According to the report, Collins came to the movie theater and asked employees if they had seen her and showed them a picture of his girlfriend that was on his cell phone. He checked the different theaters in the cinema complex looking for her, and in one of them, punched the glass covering a steam pipe valve, breaking it, and dented a portion of the sheetrock wall, police said. The damage to the glass was estimated at $500, while the wall damage was put at $200, according to the report.
As he was leaving with his girlfriend, Mary McCullough, 36, he reportedly shoved a security guard. Collins left a trail of blood from injuries down two escalators and to the sidewalk. Cinema employees called police, and the security guard followed the pair to their Bridgeport address.
Fairfield and Bridgeport officers went to the Britton Avenue home, where Collins was hiding in a closet, with his hand bandaged, police said. He was taken into custody by Fairfield police.
Bridgeport police issued McCullough a summons for interfering with an officer after initially refusing to provide police with any identification. She was also released on a promise to appear Jan. 6 in Bridgeport Superior Court.