A city man was arrested Monday morning for allegedly assaulting a security guard checking vehicles entering a private housing development off Wilson Avenue in Rowayton.
The 65-year-old guard said he was attacked by a man about whom residents of Wilson Point had made numerous complaints about speeding and failing to stop at the development’s guard shack on Shagbark Road.
According to a report prepared by Officer Michael Silva, the guard told police the man drove up to the shack earlier in the morning in his 1994 Honda Accord and he asked him where he was going. He said the man drove his car forward, causing the guard’s arm to be struck by the vehicle.
The guard said the man then exited his car, walked back to the shack and pushed the door open. He said his assailant grabbed his jacket and threw him to the ground.
He said the man then walked back to his car while yelling and swearing at him. The guard showed officers a button torn off his shirt and a red scratch on his throat.
The guard said he didn’t know who the man was, but believed he worked for C&C Landscaping.
The guard showed officers surveillance video that Silva said captured what occurred, and Silva reported he immediately recognized the man as being John Courtney, owner of C&C Landscaping Services on Glasser Street, who he’d known for 25 years.
A police broadcast was made describing Courtney and his car, and indicating Courtney was wanted for questioning. Courtney arrived in the Police Headquarters lobby later in the morning and was questioned by Silva.
Courtney allegedly said the guard’s complaint was only his side of the story, and that the guard had struck the roof of his car as he was driving past the shack.
Silva reported Courtney remained adamant about his version of what occurred.
Courtney, 50, of 4 Walter Ave., was charged with assaulting a victim 60 or more years old, and second-degree breach of peace.
He was held on $5,000 bond and given a court date of Dec. 7.
The guard did not require medical attention.