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Homeless man held on several charges including burglary
From storage to jail cell BY BRIGITTE RUTHMAN REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN August 23, 2018 0
TORRINGTON – A 27-year-old homeless heroin addict was ordered held on $2,500 bond following his arraignment Thursday in Torrington Superior Court on multiple charges in Winsted, including interfering with police and burglary.
Police allege Evan Kirkwood’s pattern of behavior to support his addiction poses a “significant risk to the safety of citizens and law enforcement as his criminal behavior grows more brazen.”
In June, Winsted police learned Kirkwood and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Allyson Dayton, were living illegally in a local storage container at Litchfield Gardens. On July 18, officers stopped a Volkswagen Golf operated by Kirkwood’s younger brother, Thomas, for an improper license plate.
When police allege Thomas Kirkwood turned the steering wheel as if to aim for an officer, police ordered him at gunpoint to shut the car off. Kirkwood, who admitted he was under the influence of illegal drugs, disobeyed police and fled, and told his brother, Evan, to run from the back seat, police allege.
The older brother later was captured and arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court. An officer was injured during the foot pursuit.
Inside the car officers found empty heroin baggies, stolen property and several stolen credit cards in Dayton’s possession, police allege. She claimed Evan Kirkwood had stolen them, police said. Dayton was taken by ambulance to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital because she was suffering from heroin withdrawal, police said.
Dayton told police she needs help and “hates the way we are living,” police said. She was charged with larceny and released.
Thomas Kirkwood was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and drug possession.
Records dating back to 2008 show Evan Kirkwood has been arrested a dozen times by state and local police in Winsted and Torrington, and is under investigation for more incidents. Police say the cases include narcotics, domestic disturbance, failure to appear, interfering with police, escape from custody, violation of a protective order, assault, theft, robbery and home invasion.
In one case, a father accused Evan Kirkwood of selling drugs and injecting his daughter with heroin. He was sentenced to two years in prison on July 24, 2015, for narcotics possession.
Evan Kirkwood was unable to post his bond and remains jailed.
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