Norwalk man jailed after chasing woman with knife

Cary Ashby • Jun 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM

A Norwalk man was jailed Friday in connection with punching a woman in the face and threatening to kill her while he reportedly was chasing her with a knife.

Phillip A. Munroe, 33, of 58 N. Hester St., was charged with felonious assault in connection with an incident at his home. If convicted, he faces two to eight years in prison.

Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 5:15 p.m. about Munroe reportedly chasing a woman with a knife in the backyard. Norwalk Police Sgt. Tom Cook said Munroe allegedly threatened the kill the 24-year-old woman he was chasing.

"The subject ran back into the residence after learning the police had been called," Cook said in his report.

A dispatcher, while advising officers of the situation, reported the suspect still had the knife in his hands while he was in the yard. The dispatcher said the woman was inside at the time.

Officers responded and initially were unable to contact Munroe.

"A small folding knife was recovered from the back yard where the female was being chased. The victim identified the knife as the one she had been threatened with," Cook said. "It was determined the female victim had been punched in the face, based on her statement and injuries."

Norwalk firefighters responded to the scene about three minutes after the 9-1-1 call. They reported providing undisclosed assistance and returned to the station 13 minutes later.

The victim was treated at the Fisher-Titus Medical Center emergency room.

"A search warrant was obtained, but Munroe came out of the residence as officers were approaching to execute the search warrant," Cook said.

Munroe was arrested and transported to the Huron County Jail to await a Norwalk Municipal Court bond hearing.

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