GREENWICH, Conn. -- A Greenwich woman charged with witness tampering in a heroin overdose case allegedly condescendingly asked a police officer what a judge would do to a "pretty little white girl born and raised in Greenwich," according to her arrest warrant.
Daisy Bongiorni, 21, is accused of trying to get a woman to recant her accusation that Robert M. Wolterstorff, III, 24, of 54 North Old Stone Bridge Road supplied her with heroin that led to the woman's near fatal overdose on Dec. 29.
According to the arrest warrant for Wolterstorff, he and his father drove the 26-year-old woman to the emergency department entrance at 10 p.m. and got a wheelchair from a valet. According to the arrest warrant, the 26-year-old woman was lifeless and had no bodily control as Wolterstorff removed her from the back seat of his Honda Civic as his father held the door open.
Hospital records given to the police revealed that the woman was had no pulse, "was grey in color with absent respirations," according to the arrest warrant. Hospital staff were able to revive her.
The woman awoke in a hospital emergency room with Wolterstorff present and no idea how she had arrived at the hospital. She told police Wolterstorff said he had to drive his mother home and he would return but never did, leaving her depressed and upset.
The investigation was sparked by the woman's father who went to Greenwich Police on Jan. 4. Police subsequently went to Greenwich Hospital to interview the woman, who said she and Woltestorff had met while in rehab in September. They had begun seeing one another after that and she said she had done heroin with him about four times.
She said the two had some alcohol and dinner on Dec. 29 and returned to his residence where she asked Wolterstorff for some heroin. She said she cannot remember if she injected the heroin or if she snorted it and that the next thing she remembered was waking up in Greenwich Hospital.
Police contacted Wolerstorff on Sunday by telephone to ask that he do an interview with the officer. Wolterstorff said he would have to call his lawyer and his probation officer first and said he would call the officer on Monday. During the telephone call Wolterstorff said "that he has heard rumors that his name was coming in some 'crazy stuff' but he "has not done anything wrong."
The officer didn't hear from Wolterstorff on Monday and requested and received an arrest warrant on Tuesday. Wolterstorff was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges of second-degree assault and illegal distribution of drugs.
Following his arrest, Bongiorni began calling and texting the woman who had suffered the overdose in order to get her to recant her statement, according to police. It was the woman's new boyfriend who called police at 11 p.m. Tuesday to report the new events. She told him about the calls and texts and said she was thinking of recanting.
Police noted that Wolterstorff told them as he was being placed in a holding cell at police headquarters after his arrest that the woman - who had a court appearance Wednesday on unrelated charges - was going to recant her Jan. 12 complaint and statement.
Police went to the Stamford residence of the woman on Wednesday and reviewed the texts from Tuesday night.
Attached to the arrest warrant was nine pages of text messages between the two women during that two-hour period.
During the text exchange Bongiorni asked the woman to "drop the charges" against Wolterstorff.
"He could go to jail for 6 years because of this...he's on probation," Bongiorni allegedly wrote. Wolterstorff received a three-year prison sentence for numerous burglary and theft charges from 2011 to 2013 in Greenwich.
The woman voiced concern she would be charged with perjury if she recanted her statement to police. Bongiorni allegedly told her to say she was confused and made a mistake when she spoke to police.
"This is not just his life your (sic) affecting...His family will be heartbroken if he goes back to jail," Bongiorni wrote, police said.
She also told the woman she was being selfish and that Wolterstorff had saved his life.
Near the end of the text exchange the woman said she would talk with police.
Bongiorni asked her to do it immediately and "don't let them manipulate you."
She also texted that "they called me in about (another woman) and tried to do the same thing to get me to write a statement but I would not."
It wasn't made clear in the texts if police were investigating another drug-related case but passing references were made to the other woman being sick and that "Bobby (Wolterstorff) never gave her anything."
After reviewing the texts and speaking with the woman, police went to Wolterstorff's residence to arrest Bongiorni, who was staying there. After handcuffing her and as her rights were being read, Bongiorni allegedly spontaneously told police: "I was just trying to help out my friend. I didn't know I was tampering with a witness!"
Police said her comments didn't end with that statement.
"It should be noted that during the processing phase, Daisy stated, in a condescending manner, to Detective Rondini what he thought a judge would do to a 'pretty little white girl born and raised in Greenwich with no criminal history?'"
It was noted that the alleged statement was uttered in the presence of two other Greenwich Police officers.
Her bond was set at $25,000 while Wolterstorff's has a $100,000 bond.
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