Police arrested a man after he attacked a woman in the Ansonia Big Y lobby and customers restrained him until authorities arrived, police said.
Ansonia police responded to Big Y at 404 Main Street at 5:45 p.m. to investigate a report about an altercation in the grocery store foyer.
When police got there, Anthony Tenn, 30, of Ansonia was screaming "at the top of his lungs" and several "good Samaritans" were detaining him. They told police that he assaulted the woman, a 37-year-old Ansonia resident, by grabbing her arms and neck before "shaking her violently," police said.
The victim told police Tenn threatened her.
Police handcuffed Tenn. He then resisted moving as they tried to bring him to the police cruiser and refused to get in, kicking the doors, police said. Officers had to restrain him in the police car and he kicked one of them in the face, according to police. Police restrained him until medical personnel arrived to take him to Griffin Hospital to be evaluated.
The officer kicked suffered minor face injuries. The woman attacked told police her neck and back were injured in the assault.
Police found a pocket knife and two small baggies of a white powder that tested positive to be cocaine during a search of the suspect's property.
Before the attack on the woman, Tenn tried to get into a parked, occupied vehicle parked at Bob's Stores, but the driver and his two kids were able to drive off before he got inside, police said.
Police charged Tenn with second-degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening, third-degree assault, third-degree assault on a police officer, interfering with an officer and possession of cocaine.
Tenn is being held in custody on a $50,000 bond and is due in Derby Superior Court on Dec. 21 at 9 a.m.