Stamford man charged with assault after bar brawl

STAMFORD — A nasty bar fight at a well-established Shippan Avenue watering hole has resulted in a second-degree assault charge leveled against a city man, police said.

The fight, which occurred at Fiddler’s Green restaurant and bar in the early morning of Nov. 2, left one city employee with a broken arm in three places, police said, after the suspect punched him in the face several times, threw him to the floor and stomped on him.

As well as being charged with second-degree assault, Azdren Krasniqi, of Maple Tree Avenue, was charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace. The 30-year-old was released after posting a $50,000 court-appearance bond.

Sgt. Paul Guzda said the bond was high because the beating the victim took was so severe.

“The court agreed with us that this was a viscous and unprovoked attack and that is why the bond was set at $50,000,” Guzda said.

The second-degree assault charge, the second most serious assault charge in state statutes, is a Class D felony. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The arrest was made Tuesday after patrons in the bar helped police identify the suspect.

“People connected with the bar were truly disgusted with the senseless beating and were of great assistance with the investigation,” Guzda said.

The fight started just as the bar was closing that Saturday morning and police said the bouncer was trying to empty out the bar, telling patrons to go home. At the table where Krasniqi was sitting with two other men, the message was ignored, Guzda said.

When the bouncer went over and began removing drinks off the table, Guzda said Krasniqi became angry and punched the bouncer in the face. When the victim stepped up to help the bouncer and diffuse the situation, Krasniqi punched the intervening man several times in the face, Guzda said.

“That man received the worst of this whole melee when he tried to intercede and be the peacemaker,” Guzda said. “He got punched several times in the face and the video clearly shows (Krasniqi) being the aggressor, throwing punches at our victim who lands on the ground and our suspect appears to be stomping him.”

The victim had his arm broken in three places and suffered from numerous bruises, cuts and scrapes, Guzda said.