SOUTHINGTON - A prosecutor has brought more serious charges against a local man accused in the brutal assault of a woman at a local hotel earlier this month.
Lucas Calvo, 25, of 410 Berlin St., is now facing charges of first-degree assault with disfigurement and attempted first-degree assault with disfigurement. He was originally only charged with second-degree assault, intentional cruelty to persons, disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespassing.
A prosecutor on Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court said he enhanced the charges based on the victim’s injuries. No further details were released about the injuries.
According to online court records, charges of disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespassing have been dropped.
Calvo, who is being held on $400,000 bond, pleaded not guilty to all charges on Tuesday. He is due back on court April 12.
Police said they were called to the Days Inn hotel, at 30 Laning St., on March 1 after Calvo was refusing to pay his bill.
According to the police report, officers then went to Calvo’s room and he allowed them inside, where they noticed a woman in one of the beds and blood all over the comforter, sheets and pillows. The woman - who has not been identified because of the state’s domestic violence laws - then turned toward police and officers saw dried blood on her face and hair, the report said. Additionally, her eyes were so badly bruised and swollen that they were completely shut and she had a laceration above her left eye and dried blood in her ear canals.
Police later found blood in the bathroom, too. Hotel staff told police they would need to hire a hazmat crew to clean up the scene.
Both Calvo and the victim told police she had sustained the injuries by falling in the room. After separating the two, police said, the woman eventually started opening up to officers, saying Calvo had punched her two times the night before and has beaten her in the past, according to the report.
Police said the woman was taken to Hartford Hospital, where she was treated in the trauma center. She needed stitches to repair serious facial injuries, the report said. She underwent a number of X-rays and CAT scans, the results of which have not been disclosed.
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