PLAINVILLE - A Plainville man is being held by police, accused of beating his girlfriend on several occasions, then forcing her to lie about the effects of the assaults and threatening to kill her.
David Rosario, 33, was arrested April 27 and charged with first-degree strangulation, two counts of first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful restraint, two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree threatening and two counts of disorderly conduct.
He was arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court and held on $100,000 bond. His next court date is May 14.
The arrest came after a woman went to the police headquarters to report that she had been attacked by Rosario.
She said she and Rosario had been dating for several months and started living together in March after Rosario had been released from jail on parole, according to the police report.
Rosario is accused of beating the woman twice.
The first alleged attack was on April 22, after the woman had picked Rosario up in New Britain the morning after he had gone out drinking with friends.
The two argued about his staying out all night, the report said, and Rosario tried to strangle her during that argument. The woman said she did not report the incident because Rosario told her that he would kill her if she did, according to the report.
On the second occasion, on April 25, the woman returned home from work and noticed that Rosario had been drinking, the report said. The two began to argue and, as the woman was leaving the room, Rosario allegedly punched her in the head causing her to fall, according to the report. He then began to kick her in the head and ribs, the report continued.
The victim said in the report that she then “saw black and felt as if she was sleeping,” and believed she had lost consciousness for an unknown amount of time.
She said she woke up in a different place from where she was attacked, showered because Rosario had thrown a drink on her and stayed in her car overnight until she went to work the next day, the report said.
The woman told police she had to leave work early because she was frequently vomiting, which she believed was a result of being kicked in the head, the report stated.
According to the police report, on April 27, Rosario accused the woman of having had sex with his cousin. He said he would be going to prison and that the woman was going to be his “victim.”
Having already been attacked twice and threatened with death, the woman went to the police, where she said she feared for her life and believed Rosario would kill her if, given the chance, the report stated.
At the station, police noted that the woman’s forehead and hand were swollen; her right eye, right arm, and right side of her rib area were bruised; and an abrasion on top of her head was covered in dry blood, all of which were consistent with her version of previous events, the report said.
The woman told police that both her and Rosario’s bloody clothes were still in their clothes hamper. They were photographed and seized as evidence.
She also shared text messages with police, in which Rosario allegedly told the victim to lie about the incidents.
A record check revealed that Rosario has a prior strangulation conviction.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.