Plainville man allegedly broke woman's ribs during assault

Published on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:42


PLAINVILLE - A local man arrested early Tuesday has been accused of fracturing a woman’s ribs during a vicious alleged assault.

Terez Barnes, 31, of 19 Maple St., is facing charges of second-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree criminal mischief, interfering with an emergency call and disorderly conduct.

According to the police report, a woman called the police department shortly after 9 p.m. Monday and said Barnes had assaulted her. Shortly thereafter, police located the vehicle Barnes was traveling in and pulled it over, detaining him while other officers investigated the complaint. He was later arrested.

While the vehicle was pulled over, police responded to the couple’s home and spoke with the complainant, who has not been identified because of the state’s domestic violence laws. The woman had a large bruise under her right eye and several other contusions and cuts to her neck and arms. Her clothing was ripped.

The victim told police that she and Barnes had consumed alcohol and argued earlier in the day at a family party, which she left with a child to get away from Barnes. After she got home, the woman heard pounding at the door, so she contacted police. Shortly thereafter, Barnes allegedly broke the door’s window panel, reached inside and opened the door.

According to the report, the victim said Barnes allegedly knocked her onto the floor, causing her to drop her cell phone, and got on top of her. A struggle then ensued, which took place about 10 feet away from the child in a crib in an adjacent room. The woman then alleges that she was assaulted. According to the report, she could not provide specific details about the attack “because everything happened so fast.”

Barnes left the home with a family member shortly after the incident.

While speaking to police, the victim was clutching her chest and was having a difficult time breathing. She was taken by an ambulance to the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial Campus, where she was diagnosed with a rib fracture and multiple contusions. She also had a mark on her neck that is commonly caused by strangulation.

When police spoke to Barnes, he admitted that he grew impatient at the door after about 10 minutes, having not had his key, and broke the glass to get inside, according to the report. He said the woman then began scratching at his chest to stop him from coming in, so he shoved her to get inside. He then grabbed some work clothes and left, he told police. In the report, police noted seeing some fresh scratch marks on Barnes’ chest.

During Barnes’ arraignment Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, he was released on a promise to appear. Court officials said he has no previous record. He is due back in court on Sept. Sept. 19.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Plainville on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:42. Updated: Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:44.