PLAINVILLE -- A local man has pleaded not guilty to burglary and home invasion charges connected to the beating of a man inside a Plainville apartment.
Jonathan Doyle, 26, was arraigned before a judicial district judge Monday in New Britain Superior Court.
During the hearing, he entered not guilty pleas to charges of home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, second-degree strangulation, damaging a landlord’s property, disorderly conduct and two counts each of third-degree assault and conspiracy to commit third-degree assault.
Doyle is free on $250,000 bond and is due back in court on Sept. 16 for a pretrial hearing.
He and Chibuikem Onyebuchi, 30, of Newington, allegedly punched the victim in the head and body after storming into a Maple Street apartment around 1:50 a.m., on May 23, according to the incident report. A woman Doyle had dated lives in the unit. She identified the assault victim as her new boyfriend.
According to the report, Doyle kicked in the door to the woman’s apartment before he allegedly grabbed the new boyfriend by the throat and threw him onto the bed. The victim said he used both hands to strangle him, preventing him from breathing.
The victim said Doyle then put him in a “rear choke hold,” which stopped him from breathing for about 40 seconds. While being choked, the man told police, he was being punched by Doyle and Onyebuchi, the report said.
The woman who resides in the unit told police she tried to break things up, but that she, too, was punched by Doyle and Onyebuchi, according to the report.
The male victim said he punched Onyebuchi in the face to defend himself, shortly after which police arrived and broke things up.
Onyebuchi faces similar charges as Doyle. He has also pleaded not guilty.
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