Police: Greenwich man spits at employees, throws rocks at Darien restaurant after refusing to pay
DARIEN — A dispute over paying a restaurant bill resulted in several charges and two police responses in one night for a Greenwich man.
On Feb. 21, Darien Police responded to The Goose at 972 Post Road at approximately 9 p.m. for a complaint of a patron refusing to pay his bill.
Darien Police said Andrew Herz, 57, of Greenwich, had eaten dinner with another person and refused to pay the bill. Police said the manager had attempted to make arrangements with Herz to insure eventual payment, but claimed the patron made threatening remarks in response.
Police said the manager told officers Herz became more abusive when he learned police were being called. When they arrived, police said they attempted to make arrangements with Herz to pay his bill, but he refused.
When officers informed Herz that he was going to be placed under arrest, police said he resisted handcuffing, causing a commotion in the restaurant. During the struggle, police said an officer was struck by Herz, but did not sustain an injury.
Herz was eventually taken into custody and transported to the Darien Police Department. He was charged with breach of peace, threatening, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer and simple assault, and was released on a written promise to appear. Herz is due in court on March 3.
Later that evening, Darien Police were called back to the Goose.
At 11:40 p.m., police said they received a report of a disorderly person and found Herz arguing with Goose employees on the sidewalk.
According to police, Herz informed officers that after being released from custody, he went to the Goose to retrieve his keys and other personal belongings. When officers spoke with Goose employees, they stated that Herz had not left anything inside the restaurant. When they attempted to explain this to Herz, police said he became verbally abusive and spit on two of them.
Police said Herz also threw rocks at the windows of the restaurant. A witness confirmed this version of events, police said. Herz denied the accusations, according to police, stating he just came to retrieve his belongings.
Officers informed Herz that none of his belongings were in the building and Herz was issued a misdemeanor summons.
He was released on the scene on a written promise to appear, and is due in court on March 3.