Stamford man charged with assault, strangulation

A homeless man was charged by Stamford police with assaulting a city woman in the parking lot of a West Side hotel on Sunday, police said.

Gerald Ardoin, 38, of 597 Pacific St., Stamford, was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, second-degree unlawful restraint, failure to appear at court and violation of probation. At his arraignment on Monday, Ardoin was ordered by a Stamford judge to be held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Lt. Diedrich Hohn said a 39-year-old woman flagged down a police officer at the LaQuinta Inn at 135 Harvard Ave. and said she had just been sexually assaulted.

The woman claimed that Ardoin and she had a relationship, but she refused to have sex with him in his car. But Ardoin would not take no for an answer and forced the woman to have sex with him.

During the assault, Ardoin punched her and restrained her from leaving by holding her, she said.

In January this year, Ardoin was given a suspended jail sentence and placed on probation for three years after he pleaded guilty to a charge of strangulation at the Stamford courthouse.