December 18, 2017

Premier Limo owner facing assault charges

Stephen DiMarco, owner and CEO of Berlin-based Premier Limousine, is facing assault charges after an alleged incident at Foxwoods Resort Casino, according to police and court records.

During an argument on the night of Dec. 1 with his ex-wife, DiMarco, 52, of Glastonbury, allegedly shoved her to the floor in a hotel corridor and then choked her on a bed in a hotel room, according to an arrest warrant the Hartford Business Journal obtained from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police.

The woman, who tribal police did not name, reported the alleged assault to police on Dec. 6, and DiMarco was arrested Dec. 14, according to police records. He faces one count second-degree strangulation/suffocation (a felony) one count of third-degree assault (a misdemeanor), according to state court records, which say he posted a $50,000 bond and is due in court next month.

The two had been at a Marc Anthony concert and Shrine night club located inside Foxwoods casino, police said. DiMarco's ex-wife reported to tribal police that DiMarco was upset she was dancing with a friend in the club.

She told police that she tried to dial 911 in the hotel room but DiMarco had taken the phone from her. He also took her cell phone and pocket book, returning them the next day, the report states.

Tribal police say they have surveillance footage of DiMarco shoving the woman in the hotel hallway, which they said appears to be consistent with her story.

She also provided police with pictures of her injuries, which show carpet burn marks and bruising, and records from a Dec. 4 visit to an urgent care center, the report says.

DiMarco's attorney, Peter Soulsby, released the following statement Monday:

"This was an unfortunate family situation, and my client is cooperating fully with the courts and the authorities as the process runs its proper course. On behalf of my client, I ask members of the public not to jump to any conclusions about the facts of this case as it is being adjudicated."

The U.S. Department of Labor sued Premier and DiMarco in 2012 for failing to pay back wages to his chauffeurs. The matter concluded two years later with the company paying $500,000.

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