BRISTOL - A Naugatuck man was arrested Sunday after a Bristol woman found him sleeping in her home, where he allegedly threatened to stab and kill her.
Matthew Lantieri, 26, is facing charges of second-degree threatening, first-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief, violation of a protective order and second-degree breach of peace.
According to the police report, the victim, who knows Lantieri through a previous relationship, is the subject of a court-issued protective order - barring him from contacting her - after his arrest last month for allegedly assaulting the woman.
In that case, Lantieri has been accused of kneeing and kicking the woman in the face while she was on the ground in her Bristol home on Jan. 18, leaving her with a fractured eye socket. He is facing charges of second-degree assault and violation of a protective order, among other charges, in that arrest.
On Saturday, shortly before midnight, the victim came home and found Lantieri sleeping in her bed, she alleges. When she asked him to leave, she told police, he allegedly said things like “Shut up,” “I’ll kill you” and “I’ll [expletive] stab you,” according to the police report.
The woman said she then went to a friend’s home and called police. Officers responded to the home in the early morning hours Sunday and found Lantieri sleeping. He told officers he had been staying there for the past week, before he was taken into custody.
During Lantieri’s arraignment Monday, in Bristol Superior Court, his attorney, Alfonzo Sirica, said his client is alleging that the woman had welcomed him into her home. Sirica also conceded that, if this is true, the complainant cannot face any legal ramifications.
Lantieri, who is being held on $30,000 bond, is due back in court on March 9. He was issued another protective order on Monday which, among other things, prohibits him from coming within 100 yards of the complainant.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.