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Norwalk man Christopher Polk charged with youth football coach’s strike

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An arrest has been made in the violent assault of a youth soccer coach who left him unconscious after being struck on the head with a helmet, according to Norwalk Police Department and a news report.

Christopher Polk, 32, was taken into custody Tuesday after multiple witnesses pointed the finger at him for allegedly assaulting another man during a Grade 8 football game between Norwalk and Fairfield, police said.

According to witnesses, Polk used a football helmet to hit the victim on the head and was last seen running away from the area. Norwalk Police said in a statement.

Paramedics took the victim to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his “serious injuries,” authorities said. He was released from Norwalk Hospital and is recovering at home, police said.

It is unclear what led to the attack on Brien McMahon High School around 1 p.m. Sunday during the youth sports event.

A Fairfield coach told the Norwalk Hour the incident involving the parent and coach took place after the game, while players and coaches held a meeting after the game. As the teams left, the unnamed Fairfield coach told the newspaper that a crowd had gathered around the Norwalk coach who was lying on the floor.

“There was screaming and yelling,” he reportedly said, adding, “It was just a ‘holy smoking moment’.”

Polk was not found at the scene and was subsequently given other opportunities to report to police, authorities said.

Attempts to contact him also went unanswered, police said. He was finally arrested around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday near where he lived, “despite attempts to hide himself,” police said.

He was charged with second-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, and second-degree breach of the peace.

His bail was set at $75,000.

Norwalk Junior Football and Cheer League Commissioner Jeff Fatone said in a message to families that the attack was an “an isolated incident that happened between a parent who made a very bad decision and a coach”. according to the hour.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling tore up the ugly incident in a statement to The Post Monday.

“Our thoughts are with the local youth football coach, who is recovering from Sunday’s completely unacceptable act of violence,” said Rilling. “Norwalk Junior Football League coaches volunteer their time, and I was disgusted that this senseless act of violence has taken place in our community.”

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