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Fairfield Tiff Over Sliced Apple Ends in Arrest

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Disputes over the correct way to slice an apple and over Facebook posts erupted into violence early Wednesday in Fairfield. Abdul Haque, 48, of Kings Highway East, and Rokeem Shabazz, 44, of Ansonia, were charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Police gave the following report of the two incidents. Haque arrived home Tuesday night and decided to eat an apple. He first cut the apple into slices, but he and his wife began arguing about the way he cut the fruit. The dispute became heated, and after his wife hit him in the arm, Haque punched her in the mouth, causing a cut on her lip. Police arrived shortly after midnight Wednesday and took him into custody.

Shabazz’s argument took place in the Biro Street home of his girlfriend, who told police that Shabazz came into her bedroom early in the morning angry, asking about another man. He made repeated threats while scrolling through Facebook messages, which he suspected proved she was cheating on him. He struck her in the face, causing visible swelling, police say.

Both Haque and Shabazz were charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Haque’s bond was set at $500, and Shabazz was released on a promise to appear in court. Both were due to face charges Wednesday.

Also from the police blotter:

Robert Shea, 31, of East Haven was charged with stealing a laptop valued at $1,200 and a diamond ring worth $1,000 from his ex-girlfriend. The woman called police on Oct. 8 to report the items missing from her Park Avenue home. Detectives traced the merchandise to a pawn shop in Milford. They said the store clerk confirmed that Shea sold the items.

Shea was charged with two counts of fourth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear in court on Nov. 28.

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