Darien man charged in domestic altercation
DARIEN — Police were dispatched to the the Department of Human Services at Darien Town Hall on March 7 around 10:55 a.m. after receiving a report of domestic violence the previous day around 7 a.m.
According to police, the victim, a 40-year-old Darien resident, went to Human Services to report an altercation between her and Jonathan Sharif Morton the previous day.
The victim alleged that Morton, 40, became upset at a phone call she was having and would not let her continue speaking. She entered a bathroom for privacy, but was followed by Morton, who took the phone out of her hand and put it in his pocket. The pair continued to struggle over the phone, according to a police report, until Morton shoved the victim against the wall with his forearm against her neck. During the altercation, Morton allegedly sat on top of the victim and wrapped his arms around her neck and head. In speaking with the victim, officers observed light bruising to the neck area.
There were juveniles present at home during the incident, who Morton brought to school following the exchange. Consequently, the Department of Child Services was contacted.
Police made contact with Morton as he entered his Hollow Tree Road driveway on March 7 around 3 p.m. and charged him with second-degree strangulation, third-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.
Morton was held overnight on $500,000 bond and was arraigned the next morning in Stamford Superior Court.