New Haven Firefighter Accused of Assaulting Girlfriend in Hamden Placed on Leave

A New Haven firefighter who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend in Hamden has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested and charged. 

Hamden police said they responded to a residence on Augur Street at 5:15 p.m. on April 28 to investigate reports of a domestic dispute. 

They said a 25-year-old woman had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend, 30-year-old George Chin, of New Haven, in a parking lot on Whitney Avenue. 

The woman was in a car and Chin opened the driver’s side door, reached in and “choked” her, “mush slapped” the right side of her face, then opened the door a second time and poured a cup of juice on her, according to police. 

The victim said she left the area and drove home. 

Moments later, the victim said, Chin showed up at her home and tried to force his way in through a bedroom window and she allowed him in, according to police. 

Chin then hit the victim in the face with a pocketbook and a shoe, according to police. 

Hamden Fire Rescue responded and treated her for injuries on her left cheekbone and the base of the front of her neck, according to police. 

New Haven Police went to Chin’s Maple Street home and detained him until Hamden Police arrived. 

Chin was charged with strangulation in the second degree, assault in the third degree, disorderly conduct in the second degree and criminal mischief in the third degree. 

Chin was released after posting a $1,000 bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney. The online court docket says Chin is due back in court on May 21.

The New Haven Fire Department has no comment on the matter.

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