Nearly 20 officers respond to Fairfield home after man failed to appear in court

A Fairfield man, with a lengthy criminal history, was arrested by police Wednesday night on Mona Terrace after he refused to come out of his home.

News 12 Staff

Oct 27, 2022, 2:10 AM

Updated 633 days ago

Share:

A Fairfield man, with a lengthy criminal history, was arrested by police Wednesday night on Mona Terrace after he refused to come out of his home.
Nearly 20 Fairfield police officers responded to 59 Mona Terrace around 7 p.m. Wednesday to arrest 46-year-old Neil Bhatia because they say he failed to appear in court on several charges, including risk of injury to a minor and violation of a protective order.
"When we arrived here, he was uncooperative with us, he refused to come out of the house with several negotiations attempts by our patrol officers," said an officer.
Fairfield police brought in their crisis negotiators to get Bhatia out of the home, and after several attempts on a loudspeaker, police administered canisters of a pepper spray, which they say made it "uncomfortable" for Bhatia to be in the house.
Bhatia came out of the home without incident after that and was taken away in an ambulance after being exposed to the agents.
News 12 investigated Bhatia's record and discovered he's been arrested several times in Westport between 2016 and 2018. Some of these charges include harassment, domestic violence charges and breach of peace.
Police say there were no known weapons in the home.
After looking into Bhatia's record, News 12 discovered previous incidents he was arrested for was sending harassing phone calls and messages to someone who had a protective order against him and pushing a woman against a wall.
Bhatia's bond is set a $2.5 million and will appear in court Thursday.


More from News 12