Michael Wilson, 37, of Norwalk, was arrested for third-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree threatening on Friday, Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

According to police, Wilson became upset because he had not received his unemployment check in the mail. Police said he threw his cellular phone toward the victim; the phone missed her and broke a lamp.

After throwing the phone, police said Wilson punched her several times, choked her until she could not breathe, punched the side of her head and threatened to kill her if she called the police.

He then left the victim's West Avenue residence on foot, police said.

A police officer observed Wilson walking through the Walgreen's parking lot on Heights Road a few minutes later.

Wilson has several previous arrests for violence, police said.

"He has a lengthy arrest history for things like domestic violence, threatening, harassment and breach of peace," Darien Police Capt. Frederick W. Komm said.

"Due to his history and the serious nature of his crime, it was decided that a $10,000 bond would be applicable," Komm said.

Wilson was held on a $10,000 bond and attended court on Oct. 19.