Police arrested a 21-year-old New Haven man on charges of unlawful restraint and breach of peace following a reported domestic disturbance on Oct. 31. According to police Devin Natividad physically blocked a co-worker from leaving their workplace after she refused to give him a ride home and later took her car without her permission.
The two had previously been dating but had recently ended their arrangement. Natividad reportedly became angry when the victim refused to give him a ride home. A manager at the establishment allegedly had to intervene to allow the victim to leave. Natividad proceeded to follow the victim to her car and knocked a hat off her head, took her cell phone and broke it, then took her purse and emptied the contents on the ground.
While the victim attempted to gather her belongings, Natividad began kicking her car. When she stood to stop him, Natividad allegedly struck the woman in the stomach and tried to wrestle her to the ground. He took her purse again and began walking away down Post Road. The victim got into her car and followed Natividad down the road.
When the victim got out of the car to confront Natividad he got into the driver’s seat and drove about half a mile down the Post Road before parking and leaving the scene on foot with the victim’s keys. Multiple victims relayed the victim’s story to police, who responded just before 11:15 p.m. The victim was found lying in the road near Thorndal Circle and Post Road but denied medical attention.
Police encountered Natividad at the intersection of Day Street and Post Road and he was charged with breach of peace, criminal mischief, use of a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission and unlawful restraint. He was held on $5,000 bond and was transported to court the next day, Nov. 1.