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Westport Police: Man Kicked In Bathroom Door To Prevent 911 Call

Damien McClave
Damien McClave Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

WESTPORT, Conn. — A 53-year-old man kicked in a bathroom door to prevent a woman from calling 911 during a dispute late Tuesday, Westport police said.

Charged with second-degree criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, interfering with an emergency call and risk of injury to a child was Damien McClave of Westport. His bond was set at $25,000, and he was held for a court appearance Wednesday

Police said a 911 call was received from a residence around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The caller did not say anything to the dispatcher, but the dispatcher could hear signs of a struggle in the background, police said. After the dispatcher lost contact with the caller, he called the residence back, police said. A male answered the phone sand said that there was no problem at the residence, police said. However, the man sounded as if he was out of breath, police said.

Officers were dispatched to the home to make sure everything was OK, police said. Upon arrival, officers learned that there had been a disturbance, police said.

Officers spoke to the complainant, who said that she had an argument with McClave, police said. When the argument became heated, the victim attempted to call 911 from the house phone, but McClave took it from her, police said.

The victim then took refuge in a locked bathroom and tried to call 911 from a cellphone, police said. McClave kicked in the bathroom door in a second attempt to prevent the victim from calling 911, police said. Two minor children were in the home during this incident, police said.

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