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Trio charged with aggravated rioting at Norwalk bar

Cary Ashby • Feb 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Three men have been jailed with assaulting a Norwalk man in connection with a fight at a local bar and three additional suspects are expected to be arrested.

Damarquis C. Brown, 31, of 206 Jefferson St., Stephon Harkness, 25, of 10A State St., and Michael Zika, 24, of 224A E. Main St., have been arrested and are charged with one count each of aggravated rioting. If convicted, the defendants faces six to 18 months behind bars.

The fourth-degree felonies are in connection with a Feb. 9 incident.

"They were at Bluto's. The victim and a friend went out to the patio to smoke. These three (suspects) and two others came out to the patio and ultimately got into a fight. They poured beer on him and physically hurt him," Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said. "Another person joined in the melee.

"He (the victim) had bruises and cuts. I don't believe he went to the hospital," he added.

It's unknown what started the incident.

O'Hara said three other suspects hadn't been arrested as of Friday morning. According to Norwalk Municipal Court records, prosecutors also filed aggravated rioting charges Thursday against Stewart W. Harkness Jr., 31, of 14 W. League St.; Adewale A. Olaniayn, 37, of 56 Parsons St.; and Dennis M. Adams, 20, of 56 N. Linwood Ave.

"Aggravated rioting is when a person along with (at least) four other people engaged in disorderly conduct to cause harm to someone," O'Hara said.

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