STAMFORD -- A Stamford man and his New Canaan girlfriend have been charged with attacking the man's ex-wife while damaging the woman's car tires late Saturday night.

Police were dispatched about 10 p.m. on a report of two women fighting on Middlebury Street in The Cove. When police got to the scene, they found a 27-year-old woman with her shirt and bra torn above her right shoulder, and with scratches on her chest, shoulder and back, Sgt. Kelly Connelly said.

The woman said a teenaged friend had told her that someone was outside "popping" her tires with a hammer. When she went outside, the woman told police that Heidi Lueders, 28, came up to her and pushed her into some bushes before the two fell to the ground and began wrestling. When the woman asked her friend to call police she heard Lueders call out "Babe, babe!" Connelly said. Out of nowhere appeared the woman's ex-husband, Eric Stahl, 38, of Carroll Street, Connelly said.

According to Stahl's ex-wife, Connelly said, he "grabbed his ex-wife by the neck and starts to squeeze to the point where she begins to black out." Stahl and Lueders then left in a blue Lexus. Stahl did not stop the fight between the women before his girlfriend received a black eye and large scratch to her face, Connelly said.

Stahl was arrested by police the next morning when he returned to Middlebury Street to pick up his daughter for a scheduled visit. He was charged with criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit strangulation and breach of peace.

Police then prepared an arrest affidavit for Lueders and charged her with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. In the affidavit, Stahl's ex-wife said when she came outside she saw Lueders holding a small hammer and was damaging her tires. She said Lueders stepped toward her and began assaulting her. Police found a small hammer with a floral design and kept it as evidence.

Police questioned Lueders about her injuries noting her black left eye. Lueders told police she went to the house to talk to Stahl's ex-wife because she was being mean to her boyfriend, but the talk turned physical. Lueders admitted to puncturing two tires with a pocket knife, but denied having the hammer, the affidavit said.

During a phone interview on Wednesday, Lueders said that when Stahl's ex-wife came out of the house, Lueders tried to leave but the woman would not allow her to go and began to fight with her. Lueders said she only tried to defend herself. She also said that Stahl did not strangle or lay his hands on his ex-wife.

Lueders is president of Bully Breed Rescue Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to rehabilitating, rescuing and finding homes for pit bulls. She is scheduled to be arraigned on her charges April 27.