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Police: Darien Husband Beat Up 21-Year-Old Hitting On His Wife

Police charged a Darien man with beating up a 21 year-old who was hitting on his wife at Darien Social Saturday night.
Police charged a Darien man with beating up a 21 year-old who was hitting on his wife at Darien Social Saturday night. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

DARIEN, Conn. -- A 48-year-old Darien man was arrested Saturday night after police said he beat up a 21-year-old Fairfield man who was hitting on his wife.

Officers were called to Darien Social at 11:17 p.m. Saturday on a report of a fight in progress, police said. When officers arrived, they found a large crowd outside around the 21-year-old man, who had blood on his shirt and facial injuries, according to police reports.

The man told police that he and a friend were at the bar flirting with women, and that he believed that his attacker may have been one of the women's husbands. He said that his friend had gotten in an argument with a husband, and that when he tried to mediate, the husband punched him in the face several times, threw him to the ground and punched him again, police said.

The man told police that he and his friend knew the women's husbands were around, and that he "probably deserved a beating," according to police reports.

Offices made contact with the suspected attacker, identified as William Parsley, 48, of Darien, as well as Parsley's wife.

The woman told officers that the victim and his friend had been bothering them all night and she had tried to remove herself from him several times, and that her husband was defending her honor, police said.

Officers viewed surveillance footage of the incident, and said that it showed the man's friend put his arm around Parsley while talking to him, and then Parsley punching the 21-year-old man, police said.

Police charged Parsley with third-degree assault and released him on a promise to appear in court.

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