SOUTHINGTON — A local man faces charges after police said he assaulted and threatened woman with a knife during an incident at a local hotel.
Michael Lasek, 39, of 64 Old Turnpike Road, was charged Tuesday with second-degree assault, strangulation, threatening, breach of peace, unlawful restraint and interfering with an emergency call. He was initially held on $100,000 bond.
Police spokesman Lt. Stephen Elliott said Lasek reportedly punched, kicked and choked the woman in a room at the Residence Inn, 778 West. St. He also held a knife to the woman’s throat and attempted to throw her out a window.
When the woman attempted to call 911 from the room, Lasek ripped the phone out of the wall and reportedly hit her in the head with it, Elliott said. The woman, who eventually escaped, was taken to the hospital with facial and head injuries, Elliott said.
Lasek was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday. According to a public defender representing Lasek, he disputes the allegations in the police report. The judge reduced his bond to $50,000 and continued the case to April 20. The judge entered a protective order barring Lasek from any contact with the woman.
– Bryan Lipiner