Man charged with trying to strangle wife
FAIRFIELD — A South Pine Creek Road man was arrested Sunday after police said he tried to choke his wife during an argument.
Calvin F. Munson, 65, was charged with third-degree strangulation, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
According to police, Munson’s stepdaughter called police when she said she heard her mother and Munson arguing. She said she went downstairs in their home and saw Munson on top of her mother on the couch, with her mother shouting to her to call police.
Munson said an argument ensued when his wife grabbed his cell phone and he feared she would break it, which he said she had done before, according to the report. He denied any physical assault and said he was on the couch, in a darkened room, looking at phone messages when his wife grabbed the device. He said she suspects him of talking to other women, according to the report.
The woman, however, said that she was in the kitchen and Munson began yelling at her because she had taken her daughters out to dinner. She said he got close to her and she pushed him away, police said. At that point, she said, he grabbed her by the neck and threw her onto the couch, fell on top of her and began choking her, according to the report.
There were red marks on the wife’s neck, according to the report. She also told police Munson had a gun in the house, which he denied, police said. Officers said they found a .22 Ruger pistol in a bag in a closet, along with a 6-inch hunting knife. The items were seized. Munson said the gun belonged to his brother and he had forgotten it was in the closet.
Munson was released after posting a $10,000 bond and was scheduled to appear the next day at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.