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    Wednesday, June 19, 2024

    Man charged in attack on Black Mystic hotel clerk does not show up in court

    A judge in New London on Wednesday raised the bonds for a New York man charged in what police have called a racially motivated attack of a female Black hotel clerk in 2020 after he did not show up for his court case.

    Philip Sarner was due to appear Wednesday in New London Superior Court where he faces charges of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and first-degree intimidation due to bias in the June 26, 2020, assault of Crystal Caldwell of Groton at the Quality Inn in Mystic. He is additionally charged with second-degree harassment for allegedly making threatening calls to Caldwell’s attorney.

    Sarner, whose case has lingered in part due to a change of defense attorneys, was free on $230,000 in bonds. Judge Patrick Caruso raised his bonds by a combined $130,000 on Wednesday and ordered Sarner rearrested for not appearing in court.

    Emily Orbay, Sarner’s girlfriend who is also charged in the attack, had a remote hearing scheduled for Tuesday. She is free on a $50,000 bond.

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