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Man Tasered After Dispute At South Norwalk Lounge, Police Say

Norwalk Police Department arrested two in connection with dispute in lounge.
Norwalk Police Department arrested two in connection with dispute in lounge. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- Officers had to use a Taser on a man "rambling on about a police state" during a dispute early Saturday at a South Norwalk lounge that resulted in the arrests of two people, police said.

Ishwa Entzminger, 38, of 42 Taylor Ave., was charged with third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace and interfering with an officer. Bond was set at $10,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 11.

Diane Laclair, 23, of 4 Charles St., is charged with interfering with an officer and second-degree breach of peace. Her bond was set at $2,500, and she is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 11.

Police said they arrived at The Loft Martini Lounge at 97 Washington St. at about 1:30 a.m. after a report of a disturbance and found a man in the center of it. There was the odor of marijuana on the man and on his clothing, and officers were able to subdue the man as he was "rambling on about a police state," according to the police report, said Sgt. Sofia Gulino. 

He continued to yell and wasn't compliant with officers, Gulino said. He was warned to get on the ground or the Taser would be used, police said. He walked toward officers and a Taser was then deployed, she said. 

Laclair is accused of trying to get into between officers and Entzminger and trying to pull the Taser wires off him, she said. 

Although the Taser was deployed, it wasn't clear whether it had affected him or merely got lodged in his clothing, she said. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital as a precaution after a taser is used.

Later the same day, Entzminger went to the police station to report that he had been robbed of $600 during the original dispute at The Loft Martini Lounge, police said. He told police he was dancing and started to lift up a woman and was told he wasn't allowed to do that. He said he told the person to mind their own business and that he was then attacked from behind, police said.

He told police a bouncer put him in a chokehold.

He said that as he was held down, someone reached into his pocket and stole $600, police said.

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