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Stratford man picked up for assault, robbery in Stamford

March 12, 2019

STAMFORD — A Stratford man who was part of a group of people who allegedly beat a man and stole his cell phone following St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on Bedford Street was charged with second-degree assault and robbery.

Nico Ramos, 22, was held on a $50,000 court-appearance bond following his arrest Monday.

According to his four-page arrest affidavit, police were called to Brother Jimmy’s BBQ at 1:15 a.m. March 3, on the report of an assault that had just taken place.

Officers were met by a 26-year-old Stamford man who was suffering from a bloody nose and multiple bruises around his eyes and on his head.

The man told them three men and two woman attacked him in the parking lot behind Tigin Irish Pub next to the Bedford Street garage. The man said his iPhone 8 cell phone and its case were also missing after the assault occurred.

The man told police the group fled in a white car and recited the license plate to them.

A few minutes later, a white Honda Accord was stopped by Westport police between Exits 18 and 19, heading northbound in Westport. Inside the car were two women, Ramos and another man; they were uncooperative and cursing at officers, claiming to have no knowledge of any fight that happened in Stamford.

But officers found a cell phone on the front passenger-side floor that belonged to the Stamford man, who claimed it had been taken from him during the fight outside Tigin. All four occupants claimed to have no knowledge of how the phone got into the car. Although Ramos had fresh blood on his hands and knuckles, he kept saying he did not know or do anything.

The victim told police that he met the two women that were in the Accord at Brother Jimmy’s about a week earlier. He saw them again that night and one of the women accused him of stealing her scarf. The two men in the car appeared to be their boyfriends.

The assault victim left the bar and, the victim told police, while walking to the Bedford Street garage, he noticed he was being followed by Ramos and another man. He slipped into Tigin to avoid a confrontation. After awhile, the man left that bar and continued walking north on Bedford Street, but heard footsteps coming toward him.

Two men began punching him while Ramos jumped on his back, the Stamford man told police. Then he heard someone shout, “Take what’s in his pockets,” before the three began pulling things out of his pockets.

On March 10 the victim completed a double-blind photograph lineup and picked out the photograph of Ramos, identifying him as one of the three men who attacked him that night, the affidavit said.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com