NEW BRITAIN – A Hartford man was held on $250,000 bond following his arraignment Wednesday on charges he repeatedly threatened to kill a woman while holding a knife.
Tyrone Down, 38, of 132 Collins St., Hartford, allegedly punched the woman in the face several times early Wednesday after he had been drinking and then pulled out a kitchen knife and began threatening to kill her, police said.
At one point he held the knife to her abdomen the victim told police and at other points in the attack he put his arm around her neck making it difficult for her to breathe. He also put the knife to his own chest and threatened to cut himself and report that the victim had injured him, police said.
Dispatchers received a call about the incident at around 12:45 a.m. and could hear in the background a male voice saying “I may as well kill you before they get here,” police said.
Officers forced entry into the residence after no one answered the locked door when they arrived. Dowd was taken into custody without incident, police said. Police did not give any information about the location of the incident because Dowd and the victim are in a domestic relationship.
The victim told officers the kitchen knife Dowd used was still on the counter.
Dowd was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree threatening, second-degree strangulation and disorderly conduct.
He was held on $250,000 bond following his arraignment in New Britain Superior Court Wednesday.
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