SOUTHINGTON - Police arrested a Southington man on Tuesday and charged him with viciously beating a woman, holding a knife to her throat and trying to throw her out the window at one point during an attack at a local hotel.
Michael Lasek, 39, allegedly punched the victim, who has not been identified, in the face multiple times and kicked her in the stomach during a domestic dispute at the Residence Inn, at 778 West St., police said.
While in one of the rooms at the hotel, Lasek also allegedly strangled the woman multiple times, cutting off her ability to breathe, according to police. She told police she may have blacked out at some point.
Police allege Lasek held a knife to the woman’s throat, threatening to kill her, and tried to throw her out of the room’s window. He also allegedly slammed her face into the bathroom mirror.
The victim tried to call 911 at some point, but Lasek ripped the phone from the wall and struck her in the head with it, according to police. The woman later escaped the room and was seen by hotel staff running down the hallway, as Lasek was following her, police said.
The woman was taken in an ambulance to an area hospital for injuries to her face and head.
Lasek was arrested on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree threatening, second-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree strangulation, interfering with a 911 call and second-degree breach of peace. He was held overnight and arraigned Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court.
Ronald Dearstyne, state prosecutor, called the incident a “very violent assault.”
Court officials also said Lasek has previously been arrested for assault in Maine.
Alfonzo Sirica, a public defender who represented Lasek on Wednesday, said he strongly disputes the allegations. He also pointed out that the victim is married and has been dating Lasek for about eight months. He alleges that the argument started when he found that she had drugs on her, Sirica said.
Lasek, who is being held on $50,000 bond, is due back in court April 20.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.