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New Canaan Man Charged After Fight with a Family in Walmart

Tempers flare and blows are exchanged after a stranger pushes a shopping cart out of the way at Walmart, Norwalk police say.

Bumping a shopping cart to get it out of the way was how a fight started Saturday between two families in the back-to-school section of Walmart on Norwalk's Connecticut Avenue.

Norwalk police arrested a 52-year-old New Canaan man in connection with the incident, in which they say a 77-year-old grandmother was struck.

Police gave this account of the incident at the 680 Connecticut Ave. store:

Jaime Bolanos, 52, of Forest Street in New Canaan was with his wife at Walmart when she pushed another woman's cart out of the way. The woman told Bolanos' wife that she should ask permission before doing that. Bolanos' wife then called her a "marrana" (Spanish for "pig").

Bolanos then came up to the woman and said his wife was not by herself, the woman told police. He then acted as if he was going to hit the woman, even though she was carrying her nine-year-old child, she said.

The woman said her 78-year-old mother got between Bolanos and the woman, and Bolanos pushed the elderly lady. She hit Bolanos in the face and he hit her. Her other family members, all women, became involved in the dispute. The woman told police Bolanos hit her and her family members with a closed fist.

Bolanos then left the store, followed by the woman, and police were called. Outside he took off his shoes, apparently to fight with the woman. Police, called at 3:25 p.m., arrested Bolanos but no one else.

Bolanos was charged with third-degree assault, assault on a victim over the age of 60 and risk of injury to a minor. His bond was set at $3,000, and he is scheduled to appear Sept. 4 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

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