Arrest report: Norwalk councilman accused of stalking ex in domestic violence case

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Norwalk Common Council member Kadeem Roberts speaks during a voter registration awareness forum on the campus of the University of Bridgeport, in Bridgeport, Conn. Dec. 3, 2019.

Norwalk Common Council member Kadeem Roberts speaks during a voter registration awareness forum on the campus of the University of Bridgeport, in Bridgeport, Conn. Dec. 3, 2019.

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NORWALK — Common Council member Kadeem Roberts, who was arrested in December in a domestic violence incident, was accused by the victim of stalking in addition to assault, according to the arrest report released by the police department this week.

Roberts, 29, was arrested Dec. 20 and charged with third-degree assault, interfering with a 911 call and disorderly conduct after police were called to a disturbance around 2 a.m.

The female victim said she previously dated Roberts from April to October while on a break with her husband, according to the report. She said she later got back together with her husband and informed Roberts she was not interested in pursuing a relationship with him, but added Roberts continued contacting her, the report said.

“She claimed to have had prior incidents with Roberts, but has not reported them to the police due to his status,” reponding officer Ramon Tejada wrote in the report.

At the time of the December incident, the victim said she had been drinking at a friend’s house and intended to message her husband to come pick her up, but accidentally sent the location to Roberts who had messaged her earlier that day according to the report.

The victim said she told Roberts of the mistake but he arrived at the location regardless. The victim then got into Roberts’ car as she needed a ride home.

Roberts continued attempting to convince the victim to leave her husband and be with Roberts, the report states. Upon arrival at the victim’s house, she said Roberts became violent and threw her belongings out of the car, “mushed” her face with an open hand, poked her eye and yanked her hair, according to the report.

After attempting to call 911 with both the her and Roberts’ cellphones — both of which Roberts allegedly took from the victim — she locked herself in Roberts’ car and drove down the street. The victim then left the car and walked to her house where she told her husband to contact the police, according to the report.

Roberts was later arrested at his Hudson Street and claimed he never had the victim’s phone and there was no physical altercation. According to the report, Roberts said the victim got into his car drunk; as he drove the victim home, he received a call from another woman, which sparked an argument. He claimed when they reached the victim’s house, he asked her to get out and leave him alone.

At the scene, police said they noticed a scratch on the victim’s left hand and redness on her chest area and scalp, where the victim said Roberts yanked her hair, according to the report.

Roberts’ lawyer, Darnell Crosland, said it was his understanding that the victim no longer supported the charges against Roberts.

“As a political leader, he leads by example, and that means if there is an allegation against him, he (Roberts) wants to cooperate with the process to a resolve, and he would ask the same of any Norwalker,” Crosland said. “Our position is that there was a rush to judgment in this case and the matter will be dismissed. Rep. Robert’s main focus is the people and the city of Norwalk.”

Roberts, a Norwalk High School grad, has represented District A on the Common Council since elected in 2019. His victory at 28 years old made him the youngest Black man to ever be elected to the council.

At his arraignment on Dec. 21, Roberts was ordered to enroll in anger management courses. After the arrignment, Roberts and his sister, Tasheedah Roberts, an attorney in Wallingford, took to Facebook Live to dispute the charges. Tasheedah Roberts described the arrest as “an attack on her brother and the African American community” in the video.

The next court date is set for March 12.

abigail.brone@hearstmediact.com