Strangulation Charge for Greenwich Man Who Wrapped Shoelace Around Victim’s Neck

A man familiar to Greenwich Police for larceny, credit card fraud and passing counterfeit currency in town was arrested on Friday afternoon after police were dispatched to a residence in town on a report of two man engaged in a physical fight.

After speaking with all parties involved, including an independent witness, police determined that Ahmed Raza Rajput, 24, of Brookside Drive in Greenwich, had been the aggressor, initiating the fight by wrapping a shoelace around the victim’s neck, causing him to be unable to breathe.

Rajput was charged with Strangulation 3 and Disorderly Conduct.

He was also charged with a Probation Violation, for which bond was set at $10,000, in addition to $1,000 fond for the other charges.

He was unable to post bond and was placed in a police holding cell. He was assigned the next available court date on Oct 13, the day after the Columbus Day holiday, and has a second date in court on Nov 9, 2020 for the Probation Violation.

In 2016 Rajput was charged by Greenwich Police on an outstanding warrant for Forgery 2nd degree (class C Felony), Credit Card fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 6th degree and Larceny 6th degree for an incident on Oak Ridge Street stemming back to Oct. 17, 2015 in which he allegedly used a stolen credit card to obtain goods for his personal use at Chipotle Restaurant, Cosi Restaurant and to purchase a computer at Best Buy, which he then re-sold for profit.

For the 2016 Forgery case he was found guilty and sentenced to 2 years jail, execution suspended and 3 years probation.

In the summer of 2015, Mr. Rajput was arrested and charged with Larceny 6th and Forgery 1st degree after police received a report of counterfeit US currency being passed at a restaurant on West Putnam Ave. In that incident the United States Secret Service assisted in the investigation as it involved counterfeit US currency.

According to the CT Judicial Branch website, Rajput was found guilty in the 2015 Forgery Case and sentenced to 2 years jail, execution suspended, and 3 years probation.

He was also found guilty of a Forgery 2 charge from Stamford Police for issuing a bad check over $2,000, a class D Felony, and Larceny 4 in 2017.

Rajput was found guilty of Probation Violation in February 2018.