BRISTOL - State prosecutors on Monday dropped their case against a man arrested in January on domestic violence charges, after the complainant came forward and admitted she had filed false allegations with police.
David Arroyo, of New Britain, received a “nolle” during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court, meaning prosecutors have 13 months to reopen the case if they want. Otherwise, the charges will be dismissed.
Arroyo was arrested Jan. 9 and charged with third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace, coercion and a number of other offenses. The complainant in the case, Carol Reyes-Delgado, 25, of 21 Divinity St., had alleged that he assaulted her while the two were driving on Memorial Boulevard on Dec. 12.
Following his arraignment after the arrest in January, Reyes-Delgado was advised by court officials to make a new statement to police, as she had admitted to court personnel that the allegations against Arroyo were false, according to the warrant for her arrest.
Reyes-Delgado went to police that day and made a new statement, confessing that she had previously lied to police to get Arroyo arrested after he threatened to damage Christmas toys that were purchased for their child, the warrant continued.
Reyes-Delgado was arrested last month. She is free on $500 bond, and was also scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.