Southington man charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend

Southington man charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend

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SOUTHINGTON — A local man faces charges after police said he assaulted an ex-girlfriend early Thursday, breaking her eye socket and nose. 

Joshua Stachelek, 24, of 62 South Center St., was charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree sexual assault, second-degree threatening, first-degree unlawful restraint, interfering with police and disorderly conduct. 

Meriden police notified Southington around 1:20 a.m. after the ex-girlfriend reported being assaulted by Stachelek at his home. 

Police interviewed the woman at Hartford Hospital after doctors treated her for a broken eye socket and nose, according to a police report.  She told police the incident began when she got into an argument with Stachelek and he began pushing her and slapping her when she went to leave. When a German Shepard tried to stop Stachelek, he punched and kicked the dog, the report said.

The assault continued, the woman said, with Stachelek hitting her head against a wall, punching her in the face, hitting her genitals and threatening her with a knife, the report said. The woman eventually got free and drove to a friend’s home in Meriden. The friend reported Stachelek followed the woman and drove off when he heard police, the report said. 

When police went to Stachelek’s home around 6:30 a.m., he denied the assault. Police noticed Stachelek’s fingers were swollen and had patches of skin missing from the knuckle area and took him into custody, the report said.

Stachelek was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Thursday. According to statements in court, Stachelek, who works as a carpenter in Wallingford, has a previous conviction for third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful restraint. The prosecutor said she would be adding a charge of cruelty to animals at Stachelek’s next court date.

A judge set bond at $125,000 and continued the case to July 17. The judge also entered a protective order barring Stachelek from any contact with the woman and the dog. 


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