Meriden police charge Hartford woman in October assault

Meriden police charge Hartford woman in October assault

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MERIDEN — A Hartford woman faces charges after police said she went to a woman’s apartment in October and struck her in the eye with a phone.

Jessica Cotto, 29, of Hartford, was charged Tuesday with second-degree assault, second-degree threatening, first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. 

On Oct. 15,  police responded to a report of an assault on Hanover Street and found a woman with head and neck injuries.

The injured woman told police Cotto, who was upset with her about a prior incident, entered her apartment and said she was going to hurt the woman, according to a police report. Cotto wrestled a phone away from the woman and struck her in the left eye with it. The woman then pepper-sprayed Cotto in self defense.

The woman reported that as Cotto was leaving she knocked items over and pulled the hallway fire alarm.

Cotto was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. According to statements in court, Cotto has three pending cases for charges including assault on public safety personnel, false report, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief. She was released on a promise to appear in court for Feb. 2.

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