BRISTOL - A city man faces felony charges for allegedly assaulting a woman, punching her multiple times, in a home with two children.
Matthew Stockdale, 36, has been accused of pulling a knife on the woman - something the children allegedly saw when they ran upstairs upon hearing the victim scream, according to the police report.
Stockdale was charged by police with two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count each of third-degree assault, attempted second-degree assault, third-degree strangulation and second-degree breach of peace.
According to the report, the complainant alleges that Stockdale had been acting “very erratic” prior to the incident on Nov. 3. She told officers she suspected he was abusing a drug that had been prescribed to him.
After police were first called to the home earlier in the day and the two were told to separate from each other, the woman was awoken about five hours later by Stockdale, who she said insisted he needed help moving boxes. The woman said he became agitated when she helped him and he yelled and punched her in the stomach, the report indicates.
The victim said Stockdale then pinned her to a bed and put his arm around her neck, cutting off her ability to breathe, according to the report.
She hit him in self-defense, she told officers, and he stood up and allegedly punched her in the stomach again.
Stockdale, the victim alleges, then pulled a knife, held it against her arm and said he was going to kill her, according to the report. Two children in the home then ran into the room and reported seeing Stockdale holding a knife.
Police were called and Stockdale was arrested. He told officers where the knife was, and they found it with a long hair attached that appeared to belong to the complainant, the report said.
Stockdale is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court next Monday.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.