Man Accused of Assaulting Store Clerk and Customer Over a Cigarette

A Stratford man is accused of attacking two people over a dispute that started over a cigarette, according to Westport police.

Police said around 4:30 a.m. Sunday the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Allens Verdier, went into the Exxon Gas Station at 1510 Post Road East and asked for a single cigarette. When the clerk told Verdier that the store could not sell a single cigarette, Verdier attacked the clerk. According to police, Verdier then assaulted an elderly man who was trying to call 911 for help.

Police said that when officers arrived they observed that Verdier appeared to under the influence of something, and they found PCP on him. He was take to Norwalk Hospital for evaluation and will be released into police custody.

Verdier is charged with third-degree assault, third-degree assault on an elderly person, possession of a hallucinogen, interfering with a 911 call and second-degree breach of peace.

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