Southington woman accused of assaulting Navy sailor in Berlin restaurant

Published on Friday, 17 September 2021 12:21


BERLIN -- Police have charged the Southington woman who allegedly assaulted a Navy sailor during an angry tirade in which she accused him of wearing a fake uniform.

Lori Desjardins, 45, of 1459 Mount Vernon Road, Southington, turned herself in on Thursday on one count each of third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.

Police said they were able to identify the 45-year-old as a suspect in a local assault after releasing a photo of her to the public, which came from a video that went viral on social media. In the video, which shows an incident that took place on Saturday, around 9:45 p.m., at Central Pizza, located at 96 Mill St.

In the video, the suspect can be seen apparently slapping a man in uniform at the restaurant.

“Show his uniform, show his uniform,” the suspect said multiple times. “You disgrace the U.S. You disgrace the U.S.A.”

The suspect also used multiple expletives toward the man.

“That’s not a uniform,” she also said.

According to police, Desjardins on Thursday was released without having to post bond. She is expected to appear in New Britain Superior Court next week.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Friday, 17 September 2021 12:21. Updated: Friday, 17 September 2021 12:23.