A woman's brother told police Wednesday morning that her boyfriend may have forced her into a cab, triggering a search by numerous officers that lasted well into the afternoon.
Police came to the brother's home at 52 North Taylor Ave., where he reportedly told them her boyfriend, Aldo Ramirez, had entered the house earlier by cutting a window screen. His sister was there when Ramirez entered the house, he told police, and said she and Ramirez got into an argument and that she called 911, yelling and screaming into the phone.
When a police dispatcher called back the number, her brother answered. He said they had entered a taxi and driven away, and it appeared Ramirez had forced her into the car.
The cab driver told police that Ramirez told him to drive anywhere, but after they turned the corner, he told him to stop and they ran into the woods and laid down on a bed of newspapers. They then borrowed his phone and she called her brother to say she was O.K.
They then went to the TJ Maxx store at 330 Connecticut Avenue to buy new shirts and for her to buy shoes since she left the house barefoot. Then they went to Friendly's, which is just over the Norwalk town line in Darien.
Police spokesman Sgt. James Boff didn't describe how they were located in the restaurant, but police broadcasts during the search indicated the couple's movements were being tracked by determining where they made cell phone calls.
Boff said the 32-year-old woman told police she had known Ramirez for about 11 months and they had a stormy relationship. She allegedly said he was extremely jealous of her having contact with other men and that he got violent, striking her at least once.
She said she had not wanted to enter the cab, but didn't say anything to Ramirez.
Ramirez allegedly told officers they had an argument on Tuesday in their Stamford apartment at 150 Southfield Ave. and that he had pulled a cord around his neck. It wasn't clear from officers' reports if he was simulating committing suicide or actual tried to take his own life.
Ramirez, 23, was charged with second-degree kidnapping, home invasion and second-degree unlawful restraint. Police said Ramirez used his girlfriend's credit card to obtain $200 in cash from an ATM, so he was also charged with illegal use of a credit card and credit card theft.
Ramirez was held on $200,000 bond. His court date was not available from police.
Corey Craig Midgette, 37, of Benedict St. in Waterbury, was charged Wednesday night with larceny
William Scott Ostroff, 45, of Prospect St., Was chared Thursday morning with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Jessica Pohl-Hatfield, 24, of Towne St., was charged Wednesday evening with illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under suspension.