UPDATE at 3:23 p.m. — According to his defense attorney, Mark Sherman, “Javonte is deeply sorry for the distress his actions have caused the town.”
“He is a young man who, by all accounts, is hardworking, kind and dedicated to public service,” Sherman told The Darien Times Thursday.
“He underestimated the severity of his conduct and will be getting the services he needs through the court process,” Sherman said.
2:15 p.m.: Javonte Ramos was fired from his job as a custodian on Wednesday, according to Human Resources Director Nancy Markey. Ramos was hired as a temporary employee in the Department of Public Works last November and was hired as a permanent employee on March 24, Markey said in an email sent Thursday. Ramos had previously been a seasonal employee with the Parks and Recreation Department starting on May 20, 2013. Ramos’ salary as a full-time employee was $21.76 an hour, Markey said.
The Darien Times had requested employment history from the town and was asked to file a Freedom of Information request to obtain that information. The Times filed the request and was notified soon after with the details.
UPDATE: The person arrested is also a volunteer firefighter for the Noroton Heights Fire Department. Check back with DarienTimes.com later as this story develops.
ORIGINAL STORY: A Town Hall employee was arrested Thursday morning on charges stemming from a number of incidents at Town Hall, including allegedly leaving a “threatening” letter in a common area of the building.
Police said the person who found the note, Javonte Ramos, was also the person who wrote the note. Ramos, 20, allegedly wrote a note, stating: “Every 1 will die!!!”
Ramos, of Norwalk, reported a burglary to police on Wednesday, April 22, nearly two weeks after reporting that he found the note, said. He told police that he saw someone trying to get into Town Hall through a window and chased him down. He then said the person struck him in the head, and Ramos was taken to Stamford Hospital.
As police investigated, Ramos’ story became increasingly inconsistent, police said. It was determined that Ramos fabricated the burglary, police said, possibly to misdirect the investigation.
The “threatening” letter was found at Town Hall on Wednesday, April 9. Town Hall was evacuated and police had MTA officers and their dogs come in to sweep the building with no results. The incident was reported at 5:15 p.m. that Wednesday. The note was reportedly found at 4:30 p.m.
Town Hall remained open during and after the investigation. A meeting attendee at the time told The Darien Times she was asked to leave while the building was swept.
Sgt. Jeremiah Marron of the Darien Police Department confirmed that a note that “could be perceived as threatening” was found at Town Hall. Wednesday.
Members of the Darien Police Department, MTA officers with bomb-sniffing dogs and the Stamford bomb squad were called in to investigate “as a precaution,” said Sgt. Jeremiah Marron.
Ramos faces three counts of falsely reporting an incident and one count of providing a false statement. He was released on a promise to appear in court on Monday, May 5.