Police: Man tried to sexually assault woman in downtown Stamford
STAMFORD — A city man has been accused of attempted sexual assault and robbery after his phone was discovered near the scene of an alleged early-morning attack in downtown Stamford earlier this month, police said.
Andrew Cummings, 49, of Powell Place, was arraigned at the Stamford courthouse Tuesday on charges of criminal attempt at first-degree sexual assault, third-degree robbery and unlawful restraint after police found the phone at the scene of the alleged incident across the street from Columbus Park, police said.
Judge Bruce Hudock raised his bond to $750,000 at the arraignment. The accused was held in lieu of payment of the bond.
The public defender who represented Cummings at his arraignment could not be reached for comment. Hudock assigned the case to the Part A Docket, where the most serious cases in the judicial district are adjudicated.
According to a five-page arrest affidavit, police were called to Washington Boulevard and Main Street at 1:15 a.m. on October 8 on the report of a possible sexual assault and robbery.
At the scene, police found a woman who said she was attacked by a man who tried to sexually assault her before grabbing her purse and running north on Washington Boulevard, the affidavit said.
The woman, who was walking home after working a late shift at a fast food restaurant, also told police that when the man struggled with her he fell on the sidewalk and she believed he dropped something, the affidavit said.
Officers found a black cell phone in a black case. Inside the case a card was found with Cummings name on it, police said.
The woman told police that she first heard the suspect walk up behind her as she approached Main Street on Washington Boulevard. She said she let the man walk past her, but a short distance away the man suddenly appeared in front of her, saying something to her in English that she as a Spanish speaker did not understand, she told police.
The man then motioned for her to go into an alley before beginning to push her, she told police. After she fell onto her back, she began screaming and the man put his hand over her mouth and tried to pull her pants off, the affidavit said. As the woman kicked him, the assailant tried to grab her breasts, the affidavit said. As she continued to kick and scream, the man fell to the ground before getting to his feet, grabbing the woman’s purse and running away, the affidavit said.
Investigators went through surveillance cameras and city traffic cameras corroborate the woman’s description of the incident, police said. They discovered that the suspect followed the woman for several blocks before confronting her, police said.
During an interview, Cummings admitted to police that he got into an altercation with the woman, but chalked it up to a misunderstanding, police said.
“I would never sexually assault nobody. I’m too scared to do something,” he told police, according to the affidavit. He said that the woman probably thought he was going to do something to her and when she backed away from him she ended up tripping and falling down, at which point he tried to help her up and she told him to get away from her, the affidavit said.