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Wilton Wrestling Captain Arrested At New Canaan High School

Matthew Hill, a co-captain of Wilton wrestling team, arrested for allegedly trying to steal Rams flag from press box.

Two Wilton residents, one believed to be the co-captain of the high school wrestling team, were arrested Saturday after allegedly trying to steal a New Canaan Rams flag from the press box at Dunning Field.

Matthew G. Hill, 18, of Pheasant Run Road in Wilton, and a 17-year old male whose name was not released because he's considered a youthful offender, were charged with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny after they were allegedly caught red-handed with the flag, according to

Both Hill and the 17-year old male were dressed in Wilton wrestling attire and believed to be competing in the FCIAC wrestling tournament at on Feb. 11, according to the police report. Numerous rosters and websites list Hill as a senior co-captain who wrestles in the 140 pound weight class. When reached by phone, Wilton head wrestling coach John Foldeak issued a no comment to Patch.

According to New Canaan Police officials, a security officer working at the wrestling meet, was alerted around 2:19 p.m. that there were two individuals near the press box at Dunning Field. Police officers were contacted and upon arriving at the scene, discovered two males, one of whom was holding a New Canaan Rams flag in his hands. The police report stated the doors to the press box were locked, but the suspects apparently climbed through a window to secure the flag.

According to police officials, both suspects were taken to the New Canaan Police Department to be processed. They were both released on the promise to appear in court. Hill is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Feb. 23 while the 17-year old youthful offender is scheduled to appear on Feb. 22.

This is the second incident at Dunning Field within the last two years. In November 2010, were arrested after allegedly vandalizing Dunning Field.

S Tadik August 01, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Emily, today, Matthew Hill was supposed to have a pre-trial conference at Norwalk Court House. There is nothing posted so far. Has there been an outcome yet? The Rebecca Young info says there is an accelerated rehabilitation program in the works but nothing for Matthew Hill. Hill was charged with a D felony while Young was charged with a C felony. Why is the C felony in an accelerated rehabilitation mode and nothing going for the D felony? I am not asking or implying that the accused be treated more harshly but just to try to understand how this is being approached. Extraordinary strictness should be accompanied by extraordinary clarity to be fair, in my opinion.
S Tadik August 11, 2012 at 07:36 PM
The Matthew Hill case is nowhere to be found in either the Norwalk Criminal docket or convictions listings. Maybe this means the charges were dropped. Does anybody know what happened?
S Tadik August 14, 2012 at 08:26 PM
CHARGES DROPPED ON FLAG HEIST The Norwalk Court Clerk's Office indicates that all charges against Matthew Hill have been dropped and the State declined to prosecute (nolle prosequi). Even if the record is expunged, there are still consequences to this felony arrest. It would be interesting to hear how the police feel about being rebuffed and what is the explanation by the relevant Assistant State Prosecutor. Maybe a judge was also involved and overruled the prosecutor. All this information should be available to citizens in a strict law and order environment.
RickCharles August 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Why are you still following this case? Who really cares.
S Tadik August 14, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I don't really know. Many will deny it but much of the political shenanigans in New Canaan are greased by widespread apathy and inertia. We will see. Perhaps this level of civic discourse is a huge waste of time. If it is, then we can move on to more interesting subjects like who has the nicest driveway, which fire engine is the shiniest or whether Planning and Zoning will require corrosion-resistant alloys in the screws of all business district signs.

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