BRISTOL - A Bristol man accused of hitting another man in the head with some sort of rock or piece of asphalt has been granted a program that will allow him to avoid prosecution.
Anthony Youbert, 26, of no certain address in Bristol, was enrolled in Accelerated Rehabilitation - a first-time offender program - during a hearing Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. During the two-year program, he has been ordered to avoid any new arrests and not to contact the victim in the case.
According to police, Youbert was outside his ex-girlfriend’s home on West Street on June 1, at about 11 a.m. and, while there, he got into an argument with the woman’s new boyfriend.
During the dispute, police allege, Youbert picked up either a rock or a piece of asphalt and hit the man in the head with hit. An anonymous person saw the whole thing happen and called police.
When officers responded to the home, they found the victim bleeding from the head. He was treated at an area hospital and released after receiving three stitches to close the wound.
Youbert was later arrested on charges of second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. On Tuesday, his attorney, Peter Matthews, said his client maintains that the complainant was wielding a hammer during the dispute and threatened him with it. Youbert, Matthews said, was trying to get away from the situation when the incident occurred.
If Youbert is successful in Accelerated Rehabilitation, the charges against him will be dismissed on Jan. 7, 2020.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.