Two charged in family fracas on Rakoczy Avenue

A man and woman were arrested Saturday afternoon after a family fight on Rakoczy Avenue, police said.

Nicholas M. Verity, 26, of Chelsea Street in Stratford, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, and his girlfriend, Jamie Lynn Roberts, 19, of Rakoczy Avenue -- where the fight took place -- was charged with third-degree assault, interfering with emergency calls and disorderly conduct.

Verity, who also had two outstanding arrest warrants for his arrest in Fairfield and Naugatuck for second-degree failure to appear in court, was held in lieu of a total $5,600 bond, pending an appearance Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court. Roberts was held in lieu of $5,000 bond, also pending a Monday appearance in court, police said.

Verity and Roberts assaulted Roberts' uncle during the fight, according to the report, and that Roberts tried to stop her uncle from calling 911. Roberts' uncle told police that Verity punched him in the face several times after he got into an altercation with Roberts when she tried to stop him from calling 911. Verity had left the house at that point, but barged back in, causing damage to the rear door, and then saw Roberts and her uncle fighting, police said.

Roberts also punched her uncle in the face, and her uncle's elderly mother was thrown to the floor during the fracas, police said.

When officers arrived about 3:43 p.m., Verity had left the scene, but officers found the car he was driving on Kings Highway near Black Rock Turnpike and pulled him over. Verity was bleeding from his mouth and was detained at the scene, police said. Verity told officers he was "sucker-punched" in the face during the dispute, police said. He was later taken by ambulance to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, police said.

Verity also was charged with driving with a suspended license and was scheduled to appear in court July 28 for that charge, police said.