Man charged with stalking former wife
A man who followed his ex-wife from her workplace in Bridgeport to Fairfield police headquarters early last Friday morning was taken into custody on stalking charges.
Paul Fanciulli, 35, whose last known address was Victory Street in Stratford, was charged with second-degree stalking and violation of protective order.
Fanciulli's former wife left work around 12:30 a.m. Friday, and according to the report, as she was getting in a friend's car, she saw Fanciulli in his car in the parking lot. He allegedly began to yell obscenities through his car window and drove away. As the women were driving, they realized Fanciulli was following them, police said. He pulled up next to them in Trumbull, and tried to talk to the former wife, and then used his car to block them from getting on the Merritt Parkway, police said.
At that point, the women drove through Bridgeport and into Fairfield, where they headed to police headquarters. In the meantime, the former wife called 911 and police stopped Fanciulli on the Post Road and took him into custody.
This was not Fanciulli's first brush with the law. Most recently, he was arrested Jan. 26 by the state Department of Revenue Services, and charged with five counts of failure to file sales/use tax returns and three counts of violating state income tax requirements.
In February 2014, he was arrested by Fairfield police for third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal mischief and again in December for third-degree larceny. Police allege Fanciulli, who owns Black Rock Service Center in Bridgeport, stole the strobe light bars off another business' tow truck.
He also was arrested twice last year by Stratford police for disorderly conduct in February and violation of a protective order in September. Bridgeport police charged Fanciulli with third-degree assault last October.
According to the police report, Stratford police revoked his pistol permit last September.
He was held on a $500,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport later Friday.