West Hartford Police: Man Punched and Called Women Names Based on Sexual Orientation

West Hartford man also allegedly threw bottles and glasses at four women.

A West Hartford man was arrested after punching, throwing bottles and glasses, and making comments about the perceived sexual orientation of several women at a LaSalle Road restaurant early Sunday morning.

According to police, Matthew Aaron Parry, 24, of 698 Farmington Ave., Apt. 104, West Hartford, apparently asked four women to join him at a table at the Shish Kebab House at 36 LaSalle Rd. on Saturday night.

West Hartford Police Capt. Jeff Rose said that Parry "started calling one of the women fat, and then said, 'I don't like gay people. I don't sit with fags.'"

According to Rose, one of the women then threw a glass of water at Parry, and he then began throwing glasses and beer bottles at them. Rose said that one of the women was hit above her eyebrow with a glass, but was not injured.

Rose said that Parry also punched at least one of the women in the neck. She sustained a bruise but declined medical attention.

According to police, Parry did not know the women prior to Saturday night.

Parry has been charged with intimidation based on bigotry or bias, third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace, and second-degree reckless endangerment.

He was released on $10,000 surety bond and is due in court on Oct. 25.

Jessie October 15, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I had no idea there were people, young people in particular, so volatile and inappropriate with their reactions to anything, let alone these perceived differences, particularly in this area. Where is the system failing when people like this exist? How can we solve this problem? I'm baffled.
C October 15, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I believe much of the real problem is the lack of guidance from parents from an early age. If you're raised in a tolerant household, it's difficult to be so judgemental growing up. Of course, social environment outside the household and peers play a huge part too but what it really comes down to (in my opinion) is the quality of the parent-child bond and lessons taught/learned over the years.
Hank the Bank October 16, 2012 at 08:54 AM
So you have him convicted already? If you read it, it's gotta be true.
Rajkumar Oberoi October 16, 2012 at 09:00 AM
Seem to have lesson tit for tat in violent way he could have been better of to learn tit for tat in diplomatic way of shunning violence with skill.
Laura Smith October 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Typical-he hit on them, they declined to return his interest so he decided they were gay. My guess is an excessive consumption of alcohol played a part in this.


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