BRISTOL - An attorney representing a city man is hoping his client can avoid further jail time and get treatment, after being charged with assaulting a policeman and lighting a small fire in a local woman’s home.
Joshua Declaybrook, 34, of no certain address in Bristol, has thus far had no luck getting into treatment through a JRI (jail re-interview) referral, his attorney, Alfonzo Sirica, said during a hearing Thursday in Bristol Superior Court.
Sirica was granted one more continuance in hopes that a treatment spot will open up for Declaybrook. The case could be resolved through a plea bargain if treatment is not a viable option, Sirica continued.
Declaybrook was arrested Sept. 26 after he was tased by police. According to the police report, officers received a report that day from a local woman who said Declaybrook was staying in her basement, but she no longer wanted him in the home. The relationship between the two has not been made clear.
Police, who found that Declaybrook had a warrant out for his arrest, had to chase him after he ran from the home. He had to be tasered before being taken into custody. While Declaybrook was handcuffed and on the ground, he began kicking, making contact at least one with an officer’s shin. The officer suffered a minor injury.
The woman who called police later discovered that Declaybrook had damaged a number of things in her home, including a TV and a video game console, and lit a small fire with some household items, damaging the floor tiles. He was charged with assault on a police officer, third-degree arson, second-degree criminal mischief, interfering with police and second-degree breach of peace.
Police said Declaybrook was wanted for an incident that allegedly occurred on Aug. 20. According to the warrant in that case, he assaulted his then-girlfriend - who has not been identified - while she was driving him home.
The woman told police she experienced blurred vision and saw stars after Declaybrook struck her in the head several times. Once back at their Bristol home, he allegedly put the woman into a headlock and forced her inside the residence. There, Declaybrook allegedly continued to hit the woman and throw things at her.
Police said the woman’s two young children witnessed parts of the assault. In that case, Declaybrook is facing charges of third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree breach of peace and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.