Man arrested on strangulation charges
A New Canaan man was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 3, on several charges following a family dispute that police said turned physical.
Vito Luciano, 41, of 66 Osborn Lane, was charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment; two counts of second-degree strangulation; two counts of second-degree threatening; and one count of disorderly conduct, according to New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.
Luciano's wife called police from her neighbor's house at 8:51 p.m., and reported that Luciano "grabbed her by the throat" and threatened to kill her inside the couple's residence, Ogrinc said. The woman said Luciano's brother tried to help her and she was able to get away from Luciano, police said.
When the officers arrived, Luciano was driving away, police said. The officers stopped him and spoke to the three individuals separately, according to Ogrinc.
Police took Luciano into custody and set his bond at $1 million. He appeared in court the next morning and his bond was lowered to $75,000, which he posted, police said.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 8.