9/1/2021 - NEWS RELEASE: Breach of Peace Arrest



Date:                September 1, 2021  

Incident:          Breach of Peace Arrest                    

Issued By:       Captain Jeremiah P. Marron Jr.



Incident Type: Breach of Peace

Incident #                    2021-011788

Blotter Date/Time       08/27/2021 23:33 hrs.

Location:                     Tulip Tree Ln. Darien, CT

Arrested                      Shandaken Ford

DOB:                           11/23/1999

Address:                      2183 Post Rd Darien, CT

Charges                       53a-61: Assault 3rd Degree

      53a-181: Breach of Peace

      53a-116: Criminal Mischief 2nd


Darien, CT -   The Darien Police Department received a report of a Breach of Peace outside of a Tulip Tree Ln residence between an UBER driver and one of his passengers at approximately 11:30pm on August 27, 2021. Initial investigation determined that the UBER driver was the victim in the incident and sustained minor injuries and was subsequently transported to the hospital. The suspect fled the scene on foot prior to officers’ arrival.  The immediate area was searched with the use of a Police K-9 from the Westport Police Department, however the suspect could not be located.


Further investigation identified the suspect as Shandaken Ford, age 21, of 2183 Post Rd. Darien.  A significant portion of this incident was documented on video and depicts Ford punching the victim and acting extremely aggressively toward the victim.  During the altercation, Ford also caused minor damage to the interior of the victim’s vehicle.


On the night in question, follow up investigation included multiple attempts to locate him at his residence.  Officers were able to make contact with family members however he could not be located during the evening and overnight hours. 


An arrest warrant affidavit was completed, and submitted to Stamford Superior Court once it opened for business the morning of Monday August 30th.  The warrant was then granted and signed by the Honorable Judge Clark on Tuesday August 31st.  After securing the signed warrant from Stamford Superior Court on the morning of Wednesday September 1st, this agency without delay contacted Ford’s Attorney and Ford promptly turned himself in at Darien Police Headquarters.  Ford was then fingerprinted, photographed and fully processed for the above charges and was released on a $5,000.00 bond.  He is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on September 13, 2021. 



From the Office of the Chief of Police, Don Anderson:


This fact pattern and set of circumstances contained in this incident are highly distressing to me and certainly not indicative of reasonable conduct. I have been closely monitoring the published news stories as well as the social media postings/online comments concerning this incident. To be clear; this type of unprovoked behavior is certainly not in line with the beliefs and reasonable actions of virtually all Darien residents and visitors to our town and should not, and will not, be tolerated.  I have read the many comments questioning why the accused was not arrested sooner so please allow me offer my explanative comment here.  The accused is now charged with misdemeanor criminal charges; in these types of cases, if the accused is not apprehended at the scene or in close proximity (in physical location and/or in time), the police are required to prepare and submit an arrest warrant application to a “neutral and detached magistrate.”  That is exactly what occurred here. I commend the officers involved for their professional and diligent work on this incident.  It was properly, expeditiously and thoroughly investigated; an arrest warrant application was quickly generated and submitted for judicial review the first thing Monday morning following the incident.  Now that an arrest has been made, the incident rests in the hands of the Judicial Branch of government for potential prosecution and ultimate incident disposition.