On Saturday, December 17, 2016 at approximately 10:19 PM, the Fairfield Police Department received a 911 call from a female reporting she had just been sexually assaulted and robbed at knife point. The victim described the subject as a tall, light skinned black male, armed with a knife.
Officers responded to the area of the 600 block of Reef Road and located the victim who stated she had been walking home from the train station when she was attacked. A witness was located nearby who reported hearing a female scream and observing a male subject running from the area. The witness pointed Officers in the direction in which he observed the male subject flee.
Additional Fairfield Officers, along with K9 Teams from the Westport Police Department and the CT State Police responded to the area. A perimeter was established and an extensive search was conducted. The swift response and fast actions of responding officers led to the discovery of fresh footprints in the snow nearby and a trail of fresh blood droppings, presumed to be from the suspect as he was injured during the attack. Officers were quick to follow this trail and later located a subject hiding in bushes on Old Post Road near Beach Road.
The subject was detained and identified by the victim. He was further found in possession of the victim’s belongings.
The subject was arrested and identified as Michael Fontaine (DOB 12/13/1968).
Fontaine was charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Assault 3rd Degree, and Larceny 2nd Degree. He was held on a $500,000 bond and transported to Bridgeport Superior Court on Monday, December 19, 2016.
Fontaine was found to have an extensive criminal history to include convictions for Robbery, Sexual Assault, Carjacking, Rape, Narcotics Sale, and Burglary in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
In addition, it was discovered that Fontaine was recently released from an Correctional Facility and a Registered Sex Offender.
Chief Gary MacNamara attributes the quick arrest to the “perseverance and determination” of the responding officers. The Fairfield Police Department was notified of the incident at 10:19 PM and Fontaine was located and in custody at approximately 11:14 PM.
The Fairfield Police Department’s thoughts are with the victim, her family and the community at large. Fairfield Police Detectives are continuing their investigation and working to obtain additional background information on Fontaine.
Fairfield Police Detectives are additionally investigating whether Fontaine is connected to additional incidents or any unreported incidents in the greater Fairfield area. Anyone with related information is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department Detective Bureau at (203) 254-4840. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information by texting CRIMES (274637) with the keyword “FPD” or may go to www.pdctfairfield.wpengine.com/tips.
Given the sensitivity of this case the identities of the victim and witness are not being disclosed.
Inquires regarding this incident should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs, Lieutenant Robert Kalamaras, at (203) 254-4816 or [email protected].