Police Blotter: Naugatuck Officer Injured During Scuffle With Suspect

The man is accused of punching a woman and then fighting with cops.


A Naugatuck police officer was injured during a scuffle with a suspect on High Street Sunday night.

Police went to 260 High St. for a report of a domestic disturbance between a husband and wife after they received a 911 hang up. While there, they found the woman in her bedroom with a swollen eye black eye, police said. During the investigation, Victor Luis Diaz, who lives at the house, would not cooperate and began to fight with officers. Four officers jumped on top of him and Officer Lewis Martinez sprained his ankle during the scuffle, police say. He is out on workman’s compensation.

Diaz was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child because a child was in the home at the time of the incident, interfering with an officer: simple assault, disorderly conduct, and assault of a public safety officer.

He was released on a $50,000 surety bond and was arraigned Monday at Waterbury Superior Court.

He did not enter a plea and his case was continued to Dec. 13.

Jason Dugan, 28, of 205 Fairfield Ave., Waterbury, was charged with illegal possession of a narcotic after being pulled over on Old Waterbury Turnpike and found in possession of .5 grams of crack cocaine, a smoking pipe and a syringe, police said.

Danielle LeBlanc, 42, of 99 Union City St., Prospect, was charged with sixth-degree larceny: shoplifting after stealing two video games worth $123.88 from Walmart in Naugatuck, police say.

Roger Houseknecht, 57, of 209 Oak St., Naugatuck, was found urinating in public while intoxicated at 87 Church St. at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30, police said. Police attemped to arrest him, and while he was being handcuffed, the man attempted to pull away from the officer, police said.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer: simple assault.

Daniel Rangel, 19, of 136 Irving St., Naugatuck,was charged with false report of a motor vehicle theft and evading responsibility after officers arrived to Timothy Road for a reported motor vehicle accident at 12:53 a.m. on Nov. 29. Officers found Rangel’s vehicle resting on a stone wall. A police K-9 responded and performed a track from the scene of the accident to Rangel’s home.

Nicholas Kish, 30, of 95 Bluebird Drive, Naugatuck, was charged with fourth-degree larceny after he helped pawn stolen goods that were taken from the victim’s truck, police said.

Jessica Loveland, 26, of 38 Highland Ave., Naugatuck, was charged with fifth-degree larceny after stealing a TV and a Playstation from a family member, police say.

Jennifer Card, 27, of 90 Lincoln St., Naugatuck, was charged with failure to appear in court.

Sandra Rennie, 50, of 206-b Derby Ave., Derby, was charged with failure to appear in court.

A juvenile was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than a half ounce of a cannabis substance after police arrested him on Nov. 28 at Naugatuck High School, police said. He was released to his mother.

A juvenile was arrested after violating a court order and transported to Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center.

Mariann Vallillo, 47, of 8 Spring Road, Prospect, was charged with operating (driving) under the influence of alcohol after being pulled over Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. on New Haven Road.

Wayne Zabilski, 33, of 25 Orchard Terrace, Naugatuck, was charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace after punching a man in the face at Jeremiah Duffy’s Tavern in Naugatuck, police say. He was also found in possession of 1.006 ounces of marijuana and was charged with illegal possession, police say.

The above information was provided by the Naugatuck Police Department. Please note that arrests do not equate to convictions. All of those arrested are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. 


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