Police arrested a 32-year-old man who allegedly punched and made racial slurs toward a man outside a restaurant in Middletown on Monday.
Jason Levesque, of Middlefield, was accused of punching a Wesleyan University math professor repeatedly in the face and shouting racial slurs over a parking space.
According to police, the math professor, who requested not to be identified, was traveling south on Main Street in Middletown when he saw a car about to back out of a parking space near La Boca Restaurant. The professor put his hazard lights on to wait for the car to pull out.
Officers said after the car pulled out, a motorcycle quickly came down Main Street in the opposite direction and pulled into the space. The professor got out of his car to talk with the motorcyclist, who walked toward him. A second male, later identified as Levesque, also approached the professor.
Police said the other male began to yell at the victim while Levesque told him to get back into the car. During the process, the aggressors yelled racial slurs at him.
Levesque allegedly pulled the math professor's door open and punched him in the face and ear several times, while the motorcyclist jumped on his motorcycle and drove away, police said.
After the motorcyclist left, Levesque fled from the incident. Police observed Levesque slow down toward the intersection of Main Street and Court Street, but he still looked back at the area toward La Boca Restaurant.
A police officer had approached Levesque, who then began running up Court Street. The police officer pursued him on foot until the police officer's partner found Levesque hiding in a room on top of a stairwell behind La Boca Restaurant.
After questioning, Levesque was arrested for second-degree intimidation based on bias, second-degree breach of peace and interfering with an officer. He was released on a $25,000 surety bond and is expected in court on July 3.
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