Darien man attacked over cigarette while waiting for Uber taxi

A Darien man and his girlfriend were attacked last weekend for refusing to give up a cigarette while waiting for an Uber taxi in downtown Stamford, police said.

According to police, the 21-year-old man and his 37-year-old girlfriend were waiting for the taxi in front of the Ferguson Library about 2 a.m. Saturday when three men demanded a cigarette.

The victim said he only had one left and refused to give it to them, police said.

One of the men, Eric Macken, 20, of Riverside, became upset and punched the victim in the face and William Rosato, 21, of Greenwich, kicked him in the head when he fell to the ground, police said.

The victim’s girlfriend tried to break up the fight, but was shoved out of the way, police said. Officers on patrol in the area eventually broke up the fight.

Macken and Rosato were each charged with third-degree assault, third-degree conspiracy to commit assault and second-degree breach of peace. Bond for each man was set at $2,500. The third man, Richard Stafford, 21, of Riverside, was charged with second-degree breach of peace. His bond was set at $1,000. All three men are scheduled to appear in court on July 31.

The three men did not have an explanation for the assault, police said.

The victim suffered bruises to his face and legs, a cut to his mouth and his girlfriend suffered a bruise on her face.