View Full Version : Torrington teens misunderstand screams, allegedly assault man having sex

07-02-2009, 02:27 PM
TORRINGTON -- Four teens were arraigned in Bantam Superior Court on Wednesday, three of them behind closed doors because of their young ages, on charges related to the beating of a Torrington man they thought was harming a woman who was heard screaming in her bedroom June 6.

The alleged victim, 25-year-old Roger Swanson, was in the same room with 34-year-old Melanie Arnold when a 16-year-old girl who was elsewhere in the house overheard sounds at 26 Maud St. Police say the girl, who also lived in the house, believed Arnold was being attacked, and decided to take the law into her own hands instead of calling police.

In fact, police said, the two were having sex.

The 16-year-old returned with four friends, one of whom carried a baseball bat. Of the five, just one is over the age of 17, police said.


07-02-2009, 05:17 PM
And yes, here again we have the end result of vigilantes getting it VERY wrong.

My case is proven.

07-03-2009, 05:52 AM

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut girl overheard her mother's screams during sex and thought she was being assaulted, so she rounded up some friends to attack the woman's companion.
The 16-year-old girl, two boys and a 19-year-old man were arrested Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday on assault and conspiracy charges.

According to Torrington police and the woman, the girl thought her mother was being attacked on June 6. Police say the teens went into the bedroom and beat the mother's 25-year-old companion with a baseball bat and punched him. The man, Roger Swanson of Torrington, says he suffered a black eye and several bruises.

The woman, Melanie Arnold, denies she screamed. She tells The Associated Press her daughter heard a slap and thought it was an assault.

Have to give props to the guy for doing such a good job, I guess.