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Three Family Members Charged After Christmas Eve Incident Involving Pan In Darien, Police Say

A Christmas Eve altercation among three out-of-state siblings in a Darien home that allegedly including a pan being used as a weapon led to disorderly conduct charges for three siblings, police said.
A Christmas Eve altercation among three out-of-state siblings in a Darien home that allegedly including a pan being used as a weapon led to disorderly conduct charges for three siblings, police said. Photo Credit: Pixabay

A Christmas Eve altercation in a Darien home that allegedly including a pan being used as a weapon led to disorderly conduct charges for three out-of-state family members, police said.

At around 9:14 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24., officers were dispatched to the residence for the report of a domestic incident. When they arrived, they observed a man sitting on the front step who said he called 911 when several individuals within the home got into an altercation, according to Darien Police.

The man said he believed the altercation became physical at some point, police said. 

Officers made contact with the first individual at the front door, who appeared to be heavily intoxicated, said police. The individual acknowledged there had been an altercation, but blamed the incident on one of the other parties, but couldn’t explain to the officers what had caused the fight, according to police. 

After officers began to check the residence for the other involved parties, one of the officers found two intentionally hiding in a bathroom, police said.

When questioned, the individuals acknowledged there had been a physical confrontation but refused to elaborate, police said.

One of the parties had a bandage on the forehead, but refused to explain to officers how the injury had occurred, telling officers that the injury was the result of an accident, police said. 

Officers located two additional occupants of the household who appeared to be intoxicated in a second-story bedroom, said police. These individuals stated they had been at a party earlier in the evening, while two of the other individuals had remained at the home. 

When they returned from the party, within five minutes several, of the individuals became engaged in an argument, police said. The argument became physical, and at one point they had been pushed to the ground while attempting to break up the altercation, according to police.

One of the individuals admitted to swinging a pan at another individual and striking the person in the head, police said. That individual further admitted to damaging property in the bedrooms of two of the other involved individuals, according to police. 

Officers observed what appeared to be fresh blood and scratch marks on the individual and the individual admitted they were a result of the altercation, but wouldn’t elaborate, police said.

Officers checked the remaining bedrooms and observed broken lamps and other items on the floors, police said. The individual who had sustained the injury to the head was treated by and transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

The three were issued misdemeanor summonses and charged as follows:

  • Donald Cavett, 57, of Richardson, Texas, disorderly conduct.
  • Doug Cavett, 54, of Milton, Vermont, disorderly conduct
  • Courtenay Cavett, 22, of Kansas City, Missouri, two counts of disorderly conduct; third-degree criminal mischief 

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