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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cops Use Taser on Staples Teen Burglary Suspect

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Westport police used a Taser gun on a Staples High School senior who refused to comply when caught trying to break into a Hyatt Lane home early Saturday morning, police said today.

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Roscoe Brown: released on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

It was the first use by Westport police of a Taser device since last summer and only the fourth time a Taser has been used by Westport police to subdue a suspect since the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved their purchase in a controversial vote in 2008.

Roscoe Brown, 18, of 83 Sturges Highway was charged with attempted burglary, interfering with an officer, and breach of peace and was released after posting a $5,000 bond, Capt. Vincent Penna said. He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on June 3.

According to police, officers responded to the residence after the homeowner had heard someone trying to open doors.

“The homeowner stated that he (the suspect) had gone to several doors and tried them,” said Penna. “They weren’t sure what was going on.”

Penna added that upon arrival, police located the suspect “who refused to comply with the officers’ verbal commands.”

“Officers on scene deployed a Taser and took the individual into custody,” Penna said.

The last time Westport police used a Taser to subdue a suspect was July 21, 2013 when a Trumbull man became belligerent and assaulted an officer at the Westport Arts Festival. (See WestportNow July 22, 2013)

The weekend incident came at a time when some Staples students are involved in a long-standing tradition at the school known as Advanced Placement (AP) Assassination in which students attempt to “assassinate” targets with a Nerf dart.

But rumors around the school today were they were not related and that Brown had mistakenly gone to the wrong house looking for a party.

Brown’s sister, Victoria, in a WestportNow posting, said, her brother was “trying to get into his friend’s house next door, and was at the wrong house.”

Posted 05/27 at 07:38 PM

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Hi, my name is Tory and I am Roscoe Brown’s older sister. Roscoe has asked me not to comment on this article because of the fact that I am his sister- but I can not hold back any longer.

What this article fails to acknowledge is that Roscoe was, in fact, trying to get into his friend’s house next door, and was at the wrong house. I am honestly appalled at this article and the way it fabricates and twists the story to make Roscoe look like a “would-be burglar”.

Anyone that knows Roscoe, whether they have met him briefly, know him as a classmate, have had him as a a student in their classroom, or are one of his best friends, knows that he is a phenomenal person with nothing but good intentions. Roscoe is a standup guy who constantly gives back to this community and is always looking out for others. To think of Roscoe as a “would-be burglar” is just ridiculous and anyone who knows him would say the same. Roscoe is the only person I know that walks the beaches in Westport to pick up trash, simply because he cares.

This past winter Roscoe used over $250 of his own money to buy Christmas presents for 6 children in Bridgeport who would not have received a single present for Christmas if it wasn’t for him. He took it upon himself to find out their clothing sizes, as well as their hobbies and interests and made their Christmas spectacular. Roscoe did not take any credit for this selfless act, and instead let “Santa” be the hero. He wrapped each of these presents by himself and delivered them to their mother on Christmas Eve, so that they could be placed under the tree that night. This is only one example of Roscoe’s good hearted acts that make me unbelievably proud to be his older sister.

The fact that Roscoe’s reputation could be be tainted by this misleading article is extremely disheartening to me. However, the overwhelming amount of support that we have gotten from friends, family, and acquaintances during these past few days is yet another sign that this article is not a correct representation of Roscoe’s character or Roscoe as a person.

Posted by Victoria Brown on May 29, 2014 at 06:31 PM | #

I’m in shock that Westport Now would post something so misleading and hurtful towards a kid that has done nothing but benefit this town. To fabricate something so common as getting caught at a party or mistaking what house the party is ridiculous and honestly upsetting. Roscoe is such a good kid and this article shines a negative light on him in a completely unfair way. I use Westport Now as a place to read about a town I’m proud to be from—but reading this changes that for me. To take a mistake and sway it to the point of defaming an innocent kid is so wrong and something I don’t want to be a part of. I hope those that know Roscoe and even those that don’t will take this article with a huge amount of skepticism because what you are reading is a huge fabrication of the truth.

Posted by Amanda Platte on May 31, 2014 at 07:45 PM | #

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