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Fairfield Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Ex-Wife Over Missing Phone

James Armstrong Brandt, 47, was charged with disorderly conduct and threatening in a domestic dispute.
James Armstrong Brandt, 47, was charged with disorderly conduct and threatening in a domestic dispute. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Police arrested a Fairfield man on a warrant stemming from an altercation with his ex-wife on March 2 over a messing cellphone.

James Armstrong Brandt, 47, of Division Street, was arrested Friday, March 6, when his ex-wife called police after a verbal altercation that started when Brandt tried to pick up the couple’s two children from her home, police said.

Brandt’s ex-wife’s call triggered an arrest warrant that was applied for after a domestic dispute call placed March 2, when Brandt reportedly threatened his ex-wife after going to her home to help shovel snow, police said.

On March 2, Brandt arrived at his former home, after notifying his ex-wife he would be coming to help shovel the driveway, according to police. After some time, Brandt noticed he had misplaced his phone and -- assuming his ex-wife was behind the missing device -- asked if he could use the bathroom, police said.

The ex-wife told responding officers that Brandt had taken her cellphone and home phone into the bathroom, and refused to exit unless given his phone, police said. Brandt became aggressive, calling his ex-wife profanities through the closed door, before exiting, pushing her against the wall with his forearm and threatening to “[exploitative] kill you,” police said.

Brandt then went to the Weston Gun Club before returning for his phone, which was found in a pile of snow near where he had originally parked, police said.

Not wanting to let Brandt back in the home, his ex-wife reportedly met him outside to show him where his phone was, before helping him finish clearing the driveway, police said.

Brandt was charged with disorderly conduct and threatening, police said. He was released on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 9.

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