Mr. Doutel had been seeing Physician's Assistant Perry Patel at Internal Respiratory
Associates at 83 East Avenue in Norwalk CT. Sometime in 2009, Perry Patel seemed
to disappear from the practice and Dr. Igal Shaw took over Mr. Doutel's regular
In September of 2010, Mr. Doutel is told that Dr. Staw's practice is no longer able
to accept insurance and that he would have to pay cash for his visits. This was
explained to Mr. Doutel as being a minor mix-up that was being cleared up in court.
Mr. Doutel opted to pay cash for this routine diabetic check-up.
During this time, Mr. Doutel had been seeing Dr. Altman of the Center for Orthopaedics
at 2200 Whitney Avenue Suite 140 Hamden, CT. Dr. Altman had been working on Mr.
Doutel on a torn rotator cuff. During January of 2011, Dr. Altman determined the
condition would require surgery and tentatively scheduled the surgery for February
16, 2011. Mr. Doutel was instructed to schedule a pre-op physical with his primary
care physician, Dr. Staw. An appointment was scheduled with Dr. Staw for February
7, 2011. Dr. Staw did an EKG, a physical exam and several blood tests as requested
by Dr. Altman. Dr. Staw informed Mr. Doutel that if they added a few more tests,
Mr. Doutel's insurance would cover the physical in full. Dr. Staw decided to run
During the course of this examination, Dr. Staw casually moved Mr. Doutel's hat
aside and saw the holstered firearm that Mr. Doutel had placed beneath it for safe
keeping during the exam. Dr. Staw commented on the safely stashed firearm and Mr.
Doutel informed Dr. Staw that he possessed a permit to carry pistols and revolvers.
This exchange was cordial and it didn't give Mr. Doutel any reason to think Dr.
Staw was alarmed or angry.
On the afternoon of February 9, 2011, Mr. Doutel was working at home when he received
a call from Dr. Staw’s office. The employee from Dr. Staw's office stated that some
of the tests were out of bounds and they would need to repeat them. Mr. Doutel requested
that the employee have Dr. Staw call him concerning the test results to answer Mr.
Doutel's questions and concerns on the findings.
A felon is uncovered
Mr. Doutel by this time was growing suspicious of Dr. Staw and his cash-only business
practices and additional tests that were being run only to get insurance money.
While Mr. Doutel waited for Dr. Staw's return call, he began some internet research
to see if he could find similar concerns about Dr. Staw. Mr. Doutel came across
a newspaper article stating that Staw had
and had been
convicted and sentenced
in Federal court of
health care fraud
On digging further, he found a
of the Department of Health and Human Services that prevented
Dr. Staw from participating in Federal health care programs for a period of ten
years. Private insurance companies including the insurance company that Mr. Doutel
was a client of had removed Dr. Staw's ability to bill them as well. This explained
Dr. Staw's inability to bill Mr. Doutel's insurance company previously. This likely
also explained why Mr. Doutel's previous care provider (Physician's Assistant Perry
Patel) had suddenly disappeared from the practice.
A felon is fired
When Dr. Staw finally returned Mr. Doutel's request for a phone call later that
night, Mr. Doutel informed Dr. Staw that he had learned of Dr. Staw's conviction
and history. Mr. Doutel also expressed concerns about tests that he felt were perform
incorrectly or unnecessarily as well as other things he felt Dr. Staw had been dishonest
about. Mr. Doutel informed Dr. Staw that Dr. Staw would no longer be his physician.
At this time, Mr. Doutel requested that Dr. Staw forward all of his test results
to Dr. Altman so that Dr. Altman could determine whether or not Mr. Doutel was suitable
A surgery delayed
On February 15, 2011, Mr. Doutel grew concerned that he still did not have a firm
time for his surgery that should be scheduled for the following day. Mr. Doutel
placed a call to Dr. Altman's office and inquired as to the lack of a firm time.
Dr. Altman's assistant informed Mr. Doutel that Dr. Altman was still not in possession
of the results of the physical and the tests and that they would have to postpone
the surgery until those records could be retrieved.
Later that evening, Mr. Doutel called Dr. Staw's office and left a voicemail insisting
that he forward the necessary records of the tests and the physical to Dr. Altman
with haste. Mr. Doutel made it clear that he had paid for those tests out of pocket
and that he was entitled to them and that if he had to come down to demand them
in person, a public confrontation "would not be pretty". Mr. Doutel does not make
any threats of violence or physical force against Dr. Staw or his staff.
Norwalk PD calling
The next day, on February 16th around noontime, Mr. Doutel received a phone call
while he was again working at home. This time, the phone call is from Officer Jared
Zwickler of the Norwalk Police Department. Officer Zwickler asks Mr. Doutel to come
down to the Norwalk Police Department to discuss the voicemail he left the evening
Bring a warrant
Mr. Doutel was in shock as he could not imagine why a police officer would be contacting
him about such an innocuous voicemail. Mr. Doutel declines Officer Zwickler's invitation
to come down to the police department. Officer Zwickler then suggests that he will
come to Mr. Doutel's residence to discuss it with him. At first, Mr. Doutel, being
a law abiding citizen who knows he has done nothing unlawful and has nothing to
hide agrees to this. Officer Zwickler goes on to warn Mr. Doutel about not being
armed when Officer Zwickler arrives. This request is an odd one for an officer coming
out to 'discuss' things with a citizen. Mr. Doutel decides to exert his rights at
this point since he can see that Officer Zwickler is not telling the whole truth
about his reason for a visit. Mr. Doutel informs Officer Zwickler he is not welcome
to come over for a discussion, and that if Officer Zwickler chooses to come to his
residence, that he should only do so to arrest Mr. Doutel and that he should bring
a warrant with him. Officer Zwickler informs Mr. Doutel that he will be coming to
Less than an hour later, Mr. Doutel again received a phone call from the Norwalk
Police Department. This time, the person on the phone instructed Mr. Doutel to walk
out of his residence with his hands in plain sight.
Mr. Doutel peacefully exited his residence to find several Norwalk police officers
looking in the windows of a neighboring house. Mr. Doutel called out to the officers
to let them know they were looking at the wrong house.
The police officers zeroed in on Mr. Doutel, handcuffed him, searched him and informed
him that he was under arrest. No
was given on scene. No warrants were shown to Mr. Doutel.
Search and confiscation
Mr. Doutel observed three police officers walk into his residence without Mr. Doutel's
permission. Several minutes later, Mr. Doutel was led into his house where he observed
the officers in the process of searching his house. They had already taken possession
of several firearms and were in the process of clearing those firearms. Mr. Doutel
observed that the police officers appeared to have a list of firearms that they
were using to search for. Regardless, they requested that Mr. Doutel show them where
all the firearms were, having no regard or concern for the fact that Mr. Doutel's
wife was also a holder of a permit to carry pistols or revolvers and owned several
firearms that they took possession of.
Only in the movies
Mr. Doutel was brought to the Norwalk Police Department and booked for the charge
Threatening in the second degree
. When Mr. Doutel inquires about why he
hasn't been read his Miranda Rights, he is told that "they only do that in the movies".