Bristol man already charged with assaulting elderly women now accused of causing serious crash in March

Published on Friday, 13 September 2019 19:03


BRISTOL - A Bristol man accused of assaulting two elderly women in March in a grocery store parking lot has now been accused of causing a car accident that seriously injured a woman in the same month.

Nikolas Rumery, 30, of 35 Seymour St., was charged this week with first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, evading responsibility and improper passing.

The charges stem from a car accident on March 13 on Burlington Road in Harwinton, according to the arrest warrant. Driving a Honda Accord westbound, the warrant states, Rumery crossed the yellow center lines and struck the front end of a Nissan Pathfinder.

The Pathfinder was being driven by Melissa Denton, 42, who was taken to Hartford Hospital for serious injuries. Her son, a 15-year-old who was also in the car, was taken to the hospital after sustaining some bruising from his seatbelt, the warrant said.

Rumery was taken via Life Star to Hartford Hospital after he, too, suffered serious injuries. According to the warrant, prior to the collision, Rumery sideswiped an empty school bus and caused another school bus filled with 35 students to abruptly pull over when Rumery, driving in the opposite direction, passed the bus while straddling the center lines.

Rumery was not charged in the crash until Monday, when a judge in New Britain Superior Court ordered that he be held on $25,000 bond. His case was continued until Sept. 23.

Days before the accident, Rumery was arrested in Bristol on March 9 after he allegedly approached two women in the Aldi parking lot on Middle Street, around 10:25 a.m., and punched them in the face, according to the police report. He faces two counts of third-degree assault of an elderly person and one count of second-degree breach of peace.

One of the victims, an 80-year-old woman, said the suspect approached her as she was unloading groceries, didn’t say anything and punched her in the face, the report said. Another victim, a 63-year-old woman, told police she was unloading her groceries when she heard someone mumbling near her. When she turned around, she was punched in the face by Rumery, the report continued. Both women declined medical attention.

Police allege Rumery went after another woman in the parking lot, but she was able to protect herself using a shopping cart.

During his arrest on March 9, Rumery admitted to assaulting yet another woman earlier in the day, walking up to her while she was on her porch and punching her in the face, according to the report. That case has been considered domestic violence. He has been charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct in that matter.

Rumery was arrested again on June 6 and charged with third-degree assault, violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 13 September 2019 19:03. Updated: Friday, 13 September 2019 19:05.