Holmes custodian arrested for grabbing teacher, later resigns

Robert Munro

UPDATE: Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Falcone confirmed that Robert Munro resigned from his position as janitor at Holmes School. No further information was given. Check back with The Darien Times later for more as this story develops.

ORIGINAL REPORT: A Holmes School custodian faces breach of peace and lying to police charges after a Holmes teacher told police that the man grabbed her wrist, causing a hairline fracture on April 30.

Police arrested the custodian, Robert Munro, 44, of Raymond Street in Darien, after he turned himself in on Thursday, Aug. 2, in response to an arrest warrant. Police said the teacher was talking to Munro at 9:10 a.m. in the front foyer of the school when the teacher said something that caused Munro to grab the teacher’s wrist, police said, which caused her pain.

The teacher said she told Munro he was hurting her, according to police, but Munro then squeezed tighter, the teacher said. The teacher then got her wrist examined and learned she suffered a hairline fracture. There were no other witnesses to the incident, police said.

Police did not charge Munro with assault, but instead charged him with second degree breach of peace. Darien Police Capt. Fred Komm said the breach of peace statute encompasses assaulting or striking another person.

“Basically either option could be used here and they are both misdemeanors,’ Komm state in an email to The Times.

Munro gave police a sworn written statement saying he never touched the teacher. Police said this proved to be false. He was released from police custody after issuing a written promise to appear in court on Monday, Aug. 13.

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