Police: Norwalk fugitive in custody following traffic incident
Updated 8:38 am, Saturday, March 24, 2018
WESTPORT — An anonymous call for a welfare check led to the arrest of a Norwalk woman with an extensive record of arrests, police said.
Westport police received a call from a driver around 8 a.m. Friday requesting that cops check the welfare on the occupants of a vehicle last seen getting off I-95 at exit 17.
Police tracked the vehicle to the address it was registered under, where they found the car’s and one of the passengers, 26-year-old Cody Ropiak, of Westport.
When cops asked to speak to the vehicle’s third occupant, Ropiak claimed the woman was not there and he provided police with a name that they later determined through conversation with the vehicle’s owner was fake, according to police.
As cops spoke the vehicle’s owner inside of the home, police said Ropiak became increasingly more difficult and began yelling at his friend to “not answer any questions” from police. Though police repeatedly asked Ropiak to remain outside with them, he entered the home and continued to interfere with the investigation.
In the course of the investigation, police learned that the female occupant of the car was hiding inside the home. Despite giving cops a fake name at first, police eventually determined the woman was 32-year-old Melissa Kozma, a Norwalk native now living in Westport.
Kozma had five active warrants out for her arrest out of Norwalk. She was placed under arrested and charged with four counts of second-degree failure to appear, first-degree failure to appear and interfering with an officer. She was held on a $20,000 bond, and she was scheduled to be arraigned in court later that day.
Ropiak was also charged with interfering with an officer and disorderly conduct. He was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.