Program granted to 2 people charged in Plainville motel slashing

Published on Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:07
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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PLAINVILLE - Two people charged in a domestic dispute involving one man being slashed with a razor blade at a Plainville motel have each been granted a program that will spare them prosecution.

Ashley St. Denis, 31, allegedly left her boyfriend, Jose Arias-Garcia, 31, of East Hartford, with slash wounds to his chest, above his left eye and his right hand on Feb. 14, according to the police report. She faces charges of first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Arias-Garcia was also arrested following the dispute and faces charges of second-degree unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct.

Both St. Denis and Arias-Garcia appeared Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, where they were granted the court’s Family Violence Education Program.

If they are each successful in the program, the charges against them will be dropped on June 16, 2020.

According to the report, the argument between the couple began over Arias-Garcia refusing to give a cell phone back to St. Denis. During the dispute, Arias-Garcia told police St. Denis began punching him, pulling his hair out and slashing him with a razor blade, the report said. He alleges that she punched herself in the head and told him she would tell officers that he was responsible for the wound, according to the report. Police responded to the couple’s motel room around 1 a.m. Feb. 14 after Arias-Garcia called 911 and said his girlfriend was cutting him.

Police also spoke to St. Denis, who said Arias-Garcia punched her in the head and grabbed her when she tried to leave the motel room, according to the report.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:07. Updated: Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:09.