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Newark Native Paul Simon, Wife Charged in 'Family Dispute'

The couple was arrested Saturday night at their Connecticut home after police received a 911 hangup call.

Paul Simon. bluerailroad photo.
Paul Simon. bluerailroad photo.
Written By Barbara Heins

NEW CANAAN, Conn.—It was a 911 hang up call that led to the arrest of Paul Simon and Edie Brickell in New Canaan Saturday night, according to Chief of Police Leon Krolikowski.

The three to four arriving officers determined that "there was physical violence" and enough evidence to charge the famous couple with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, Krolikowski said. He declined to state where the incident took place; including whether it took place at their home in New Canaan.

There were "relatively minor injuries," but not to the extent that required medical attention, he added.

"They're very nice people, low profile and very private," Krolikowski said. "We are trying to respect their privacy, but we have a job to do."

Simon, a native of Newark, and Brickell, who has earned fame for her folk singing talents, were married in 1992. They have three children together and have lived in New Canaan since about 2008, according to Wikipedia.

"Frankly," Krolikowski said, "they're both victims."

The alleged incident, around 8 p.m. Saturday, is part of what Krolikowski pointed to as an increase in family disputes in this affluent town in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

He said reports of family disputes are up 68 percent so far this year, compared to the same period last year. Specifically, Krolikowski said, there have been 32 reports so far in 2014, whereas there were 19 in the first five months of 2013. 

— Patch Editors David Gurliacci and Gary Jeanfaivre contributed to this report.

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