SOUTHINGTON - A local man is facing a felony assault charge for allegedly punching a woman multiple times and striking her with his crutch, leaving her face bloodied and black and blue.
Douglas Wilson, 43, of 354 Clark St., has been charged with second-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace. He was arrested Friday night, following a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend.
During the dispute, Wilson allegedly punched the woman several times and struck her with one of his crutches several more times, according to state prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne. The prosecutor on Monday, during Wilson’s first appearance in Bristol Superior Court, asked that his bond be raised because of the seriousness of the case and his previous criminal history.
“This is a brutal assault,” Dearstyne said, after asking the victim to stand before a judge so he could see her injuries.
The incident left the woman with lacerations to her head, a black eye, sore ribs and a cut above her eyebrow. When police spoke to the victim, she had blood on her face that was dripping onto her clothing, Dearstyne said.
Wilson, the prosecutor added, has previously been convicted of assault and threatening.
Following his arrest, Wilson posted $5,000 bond. During Monday’s hearing, a judge raised his bond by $10,000, which was posted shortly after the hearing.
Wilson has been ordered not to contact the complainant, go to her home or come within 100 yards of her while the case is pending. He is due back in court on April 5.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.