Police: Veterinarian shouted anti-Semitic slurs in drunken tirade
Updated 10:51 am, Saturday, September 2, 2017
WESTPORT — A Wilton man shouted anti-Semitic slurs and called officers “peons” after he was asked to leave a Westport restaurant, police said.
Westport police responded to Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar around 10 p.m. Thursday on reports of an unruly customer.
Police said that Nicholas Sitinas, 57, was asked to leave the bar after he allegedly caused a disturbance.
Several witnesses later told police that Sitinas acted rudely toward the restaurant staff and made multiple anti-Semitic remarks.
When police arrived, they found him still sitting at the bar and refusing to leave. After repeated requests that Sitinas leave the bar, the patron finally began to leave.
However, when police asked the 57-year-old for his ID once outside the restaurant, Sitinas began to scream at officers and tried to escape them by pushing his way through them. In response, police dropped Sitinas to the ground and placed him in handcuffs, according to police reports.
As police arrested Sitinas, he continued to yell at officers saying that they couldn’t arrest him because he is a doctor, calling the officers “peons” and threatening to sue the police department, police said.
Sitinas, who is the medical director of the South Wilton Veterinary Group, was charged with interfering with an officer, criminal trespass and breach of peace.
He was held on $2,500 bond, and was scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 1.
Attempts to reach Sitinas as his office Friday evening were unsuccessful. A person who answered the phone there said Sitinas has been out on medical leave since March and could not be reached for comment.
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