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Stamford Man Charged With Putting Gun To Ex-Girlfriend's Head

Dario Cadena-Hamilton Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
The gun that Stamford Police say Dario Cadena-Hamilton put to his ex-girlfriend's head Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Stamford man cut off his monitoring ankle bracelet to avoid police detection after he threatened his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint, according to police.

At around noon on Tuesday, police received a report of domestic violence involving a handgun in the Glenbrook area of Stamford. Officers met with the victim, who said she had been getting out of her car when she was approached by her ex-boyfriend, 29-year-old Dario Cadena-Hamilton, police said. Cadena-Hamilton has a history of violent domestic behavior and there is a protective order to keep him away from the victim, according to police. He was also affixed with a monitoring ankle bracelet from previous domestic arrests, police said.

The victim told police that Cadena-Hamilton grabbed her and pushed her into her car, and placed a small black handgun to her head and threatened her with the gun. She was able to escape and run into a nearby yard, where she called 911 for help, according to police. Police arrived and canvassed the area, but were unable to locate him.

Officers discovered that Cadena-Hamilton had cut off his monitoring bracelet to avoid detection, police said. They were able to locate the bracelet in the area of Taylor Reed Place, and also located his car on a street in New Haven.

At around 11 p.m. the investigation led police to the Super 8 Hotel on Grenhart Road, where officers set up a perimeter and located Cadena-Hamilton in a room on the fourth floor with another female acquaintance, police said. Cadena-Hamilton was taken into custody, and search of his room located a loaded .380 Taurus gun underneath a mattress, police said. It is believed that this is the gun used to threaten his ex-girlfriend, police said.

Cadena-Hamilton was taken to police headquarters and charged with violation of a protective order, first-degree unlawful restraint, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree stalking, second-degree threatening and breach of peace. He was held on a $350,000 bond and was set to be arraigned on Wednesday.

"The Stamford Police Department would like to commend the bravery of the victim for her poise and cooperation in this investigation," Stamford Police said in a statement. "Domestic violence is a vicious cycle that usually only gets worse until the police and courts gets involved and this case is no exception. We believe Cadena-Hamilton is a predatory domestic violence offender and we are enthused to get him off the streets and make life safer for the victim."

"The Stamford Police Department would like to recognize the following Oofficers for their assistance in this investigation: Officers Wikman and Pitoniak for investigating and following through with the arrest warrant; Officer Molina for her professionalism with the victim and assisting the patrol division in getting the warrant signed; and Officer Inverno for his investigative excellence in locating this dangerous armed suspect."

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