Woman faces series of charges in back-to-back incidents on same street
Published 4:00 pm, Friday, May 22, 2015
A Grove Point Road woman was arrested twice on two consecutive days following incidents involving neighbors.
Amy Gustafson, 47, was charged with first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree assault and operating under the influence of alcohol Wednesday, and the following day was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, carrying a dangerous weapon and interfering with a police officer.
The first set of charges was filed against Gustafson after officers were dispatched about 8 p.m. Wednesday after Grove Point Road man called to complain that a woman he didn't know knocked at his door and struck him in the face.
"While he was speaking with that person, she became agitated and allegedly struck him in the face," according to the police report.
The suspect, Gustafson, fled on foot before officers arrived, but after they were given her description and canvassed the neighborhood, they observed Gustafson drive by. She was detained and identified by the victim as the person who had assaulted him, police said.
Officers also said they detected alcohol on her breath. Gustafson failed the field sobriety test and was also charged with operating under the influence.
On Thursday around 8:09 p.m., officers were again called to Grove Point Road to investigate the report of a burglary in progress.
The complainants reported that a female had attempted to enter their residence. When the woman failed to gain entry because the door was locked, they watched her walk over to a neighbor's house and enter that residence, according to the report.
Knowing that their neighbor was home, the complainants tried to contact him by phone while, at the same time, calling police.
Officers arriving on the scene located the suspect, again identified as Amy Gustafson, in the residence. The homeowner had confronted her and told officers where they could find her.
When officers tried to take Gustafson into custody, she reportedly struggled with them.
"In the midst of the struggle, an officer felt a hard object concealed under her shirt on her side," the report said. Once Gustafson was under control, the officer retrieved a long, sheathed knife from her possession, the report added.
It was later learned that Gustafson had taken the knife from the victim's kitchen. During the second incident, officers also noted that there was an odor of alcohol on her breath.
Gustafson was charged with second-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, carrying a dangerous weapon and interfering with a police officer in connection with the Thursday incident.
While Gustafson is a Grove Point neighbor, it appears that neither of her victims knew her, according to police Capt. Sam Arciola, police spokesman.
He said that the two incidents and Gustafson's subsequent arrests appeared to be unrelated. Police don't know what her motive was in either case, he added.
Her bond was set at $2,500 and she is scheduled to appear June 1 at state Superior Court in Norwalk.