Police: Greenwich Parks Employee, 70, Brandished Machete At Colleague

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A Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation employee has been charged after he allegedly brandished a weapon at a fellow employee during a Friday morning dispute.
A Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation employee has been charged after he allegedly brandished a weapon at a fellow employee during a Friday morning dispute. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A Greenwich Parks and Recreation employee brandished a machete at a younger co-worker, put his hands on the man’s throat and pushed him in the chest during a dispute at a town-owned maintenance shed Friday morning, police said.

Basil C. Passerelli, 70, of 30 Homestead Lane, was charged with brandishing a dangerous weapon, second-degree strangulation, second-degree breach of peace and third-degree assault in the incident, police said.

Officers were called shortly before 9:30 a.m. after a report of a threat made by a person during a violent dispute at the maintenance shed in Byram Park, police said.

Police Lt. Kraig Gray said he was unaware whether there was a prior history of problems between the two workers. The complainant declined medical treatment, Gray said.

Passerelli was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to make his first appearance in state Superior Court in Stamford on Friday.

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