Instead of getting clearer as the Norwalk Police investigation continues, this one seems to be getting cloudier.
On Thursday, a 24-year-old Norwalk woman reported she had been robbed at gunpoint in her home.
On Friday, Norwalk police officials announced Joyce N. Marsillett, of 103 Jefferson St., Lot 27, was being charged with first-degree misdemeanors of falsification and theft. Chief Kevin Cashen said she had admitted several hours after her initial 9-1-1 call that she called in a false report to cover up her theft of $500 from her sister’s purse.
On Monday, Marsillett called the Norwalk Reflector with claims she’d been forced into a false confession after an officer told her she’d be taken directly to the Huron County Jail if she didn’t confess.
Police Chief Kevin Cashen said he will not try the case in the press.
“We feel our case was definitely strong enough to justify the charges,” he said. “We’ll let the court decide or a jury decide. We’ll continue to do our job and allow the court to do theirs.”
“They were going to put me in jail for a felony for something I didn’t do,” Marsillett said. “I offered to take a lie detector test, but the officer said ‘We don’t want to waste our time or our money on you.’” She said she is still willing to take a lie detector test to prove her innocence.
Cashen said lie detector tests are not admissible in court and it is up to the investigating officer to decide if a test would help in the investigation.
“They are an investigative aid for us,” he said.
Marsillett claimed the investigating officer was prejudiced against her because she has been arrested in the past.
“I didn’t understand why he (the arresting officer) was picking at it like it was me,” she said, “but then he said, ‘Oh, I see you have a background.’”
She admitted she had been convicted of charges including assault when she was younger, but said she had cleaned up her act and gotten out of an abusive relationship. She said the officer also recognized her because of her brother.
“They have a history with my brother,” she said.
Marsillett said the officer said her story wasn’t believable, but she pointed out footprints in the snow to prove two people had come to her door and fled on foot.
“He just said ‘We’re going to do this the hard way. We’re going to put you under arrest,’” she said. “I was crying, shaking and scared for my life.”
Marsillett said she doesn’t even remember what she told police because she was just desperate to be able to return home instead of being booked into the county jail. She now faces six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000 for the misdemeanor charges.
She said that even more than that, she’s scared that the two men she claims banged on her door early on Thursday and then brandished guns until they found the cash in her sister’s purse are still on the loose.
“Now I’m just paranoid and upset over this,” Marsillett said. “I’m scared those men are still out there. The police are not protecting and serving the right people.”
In her original story after the 9-1-1 call, Marsillett’s young nephew woke her up when he heard a loud knock at the door before 6 a.m. When she opened it, she told police, two men in ski masks forced their way into the apartment and then took the $500 before fleeing on foot.
She now faces a hearing on at 1 p.m. March 25 in Norwalk Municipal Court.