Fairfield Man Charged With Assault, Strangulation After Fighting Girlfriend

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Fairfield Police charged local 31-year-old Ricardo DaSilva with disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and second-degree strangulation.
Fairfield Police charged local 31-year-old Ricardo DaSilva with disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and second-degree strangulation. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A Fairfield man was charged with strangling and assaulting his girlfriend during an argument Friday at a home on May Street, police said. 

When officers arrived at the home, they saw "clear and visible injuries to the neck and lip" of the victim, police said. They took Ricardo DaSilva, 31, of Fairfield, into custody without incident, police said. 

DaSilva told officers that his girlfriend of three years had returned to the house and found him cooking but became angry that he wasn't cooking for her, police said. He told officers that she spat in his face and smacked him, police said. 

The victim told officers that the argument was about his drinking problem, police said. She admitted to smacking him, and told officers that he then became enraged and began to strangle her with blankets over her face, police said. She told officers that she was able to get away after he hit her face, police said.

Police charged DaSilva with disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and second-degree strangulation. He was held on $25,000 bond and brought to court on Monday Aug. 11. 

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