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Westport Woman Involved In I-95 Welfare Check Had Five Active Warrants

Melissa Kozma
Melissa Kozma Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

Police discovered following a volatile interrogation that a Fairfield County woman aboard a vehicle who was one the subjects of a welfare check  had five active warrants.

At approximately 8 a.m. Friday, Westport Police officers were dispatched to check on the welfare of the occupants of a vehicle after it got off on Exit 17 of I-95 in Westport.

Officers responded to the registered owner’s address in Westport. Upon arrival, officers met with the registered owner of the vehicle and Cody Ropiak, who identified the female vehicle passenger by a name that was later determined to be false, police said.

Ropiak also told officers the female was not in the home, police added.

Meanwhile, other officers were speaking to the registered owner of the vehicle inside the residence. Ropiak repeatedly yelled for the registered owner to come outside and to not answer any questions, police said.

After being instructed multiple times to stay outside, Ropiak entered the home and continued to interfere and obstruct the investigation as officers were speaking to the owner of the vehicle, police said.

The female occupant of the vehicle, who was located inside the home, provided officers with a fraudulent name and date of birth, said police.

The woman was ultimately identified as Melissa Kozma of Westport.

Ropiak was released on scene after being issued a misdemeanor summons for interfering with an officer, non-assaultive. Kozma was taken into custody and also charged with the same offense.

While investigating the above incident, officers learned Kozma had five active arrest warrants out of Norwalk. She was charged with failure to appear for four of the outstanding warrants.

For one of the outstanding warrants, Kozma was charged with failure to appear first. She was held on a total of $20,000 court set bond and was transported to Norwalk court for arraignment.

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