SOUTHINGTON — A Meriden man faces charges after police said he assaulted an ex-girlfriend and damaged a car with a machete.
Christopher Figueroa, 35, of 6 Springdale Ave., Meriden, was charged Saturday with home invasion, carrying a dangerous weapon, first-degree criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, third-degree assault, third-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening, second-degree reckless endangerment, and second-degree unlawful restraint.
Police responded to a home on Berlin Avenue on Saturday around 11:55 a.m. A man told officers he saw Figueroa banging on the front door holding a machete, according to a police report. When Figueroa came toward him, he ran up the driveway and noticed that Figueroa had damaged his car with the machete. He then saw Figueroa enter the house.
When Figueroa came to the door, police took him into custody. He did not have any weapons on him when they searched him, the report said.
A woman inside the house had bleeding cuts, fresh scratches and red marks on her neck, the report said. She was taken to the hospital for treatment. Officers also noticed several broken items and found a machete in the bedroom.
Figueroa told police he dated the woman on and off for about a year, and they got into a fight over the phone the previous night, the report said. Figueroa said he suspected another man was at the home and went there “to investigate.” He also said he found the machete in the yard and did not remember hitting the other man’s car with it.
Figueroa was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Monday. According to a public defender, the landlord provided documentation that Figueroa’s name is on the lease for the home. The judge entered a protective order barring Figueroa from any contact with the woman. His bond was set at $25,000.