Assault Suspect Hit Milford Officer With Feces- and Urine-Covered Shirt: Police

A Bridgeport man is accused of assaulting police in Milford police and hitting an officer in the face with a shirt that was covered in urine and feces.

Police intervened when two men got into an argument outside a Daniel Street restaurant in Milford on Saturday that turned into a fight. Police said one man tried to walk away, but 27-year-old Rafael Cruz, of Bridgeport, punched him in the face.

The victim did not want to pursue an arrest and Cruz would have been released after receiving an infraction for creating a public disturbance, but he tried to fight with officers, according to Milford police.

Police arrested him and said Cruz spit at officers while they were transporting him to headquarters, then continued to fight during the booking process, urinated in a cell and defecated on the sleeping bench.

After allowing time for Cruz to calm down, officers tried to process him again, but he hit an officer in the face with his shirt, which contained urine and feces, then continued to be combative with officers, police said.

Cruz was transported to the hospital for observation and was eventually processed.

Police said Cruz has less than half an ounce of marijuana on him and he was charged with creating a public disturbance, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, three counts of assault on police officer, two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, second-degree breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

He was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Milford Court on June 12.

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