NEW BRITAIN – A city man was held on $250,000 bond following his arraignment Monday on charges he repeatedly bit a woman in the face while attacking her for going to a nightclub.
Jose Gonazalez, 37, of 255 Chapman St., is on probation for a previous conviction and electronic monitoring related to his release on seven pending court cases when the incident occurred early Sunday, court officials said. Police were called to the Hospital of Central Connecticut at around 5 a.m. to deal with a report that Gonzalez had injured a woman who was in the Emergency Department.
When officers arrived, the woman was missing a small chunk of her lip and had what appeared to be bite marks on her cheeks and bruises on her arm, a police report said. The woman told police that Gonzalez had attacked her when she pulled up to an intersection on John Downey drive early Sunday. Gonzalez was jealous that she had gone out to a club that night and got into her car and began attacking her, the woman said.
Gonzalez grabbed her arm and then leaned in and bit off a piece of her lip and began biting her face, she said. He pulled out a knife and was using it in a “threatening manner” toward her and then broke her cell phone, rendering it inoperable, she said. He got out of the car and she drove herself to the hospital, police said.
Gonzalez was later found at his apartment through his probation officer who checked his electronic monitoring to locate him, police said. He told officers that the woman had showed up at his house and began attacking him which is why he assaulted her to defend himself. He also had injuries but police were unable to determine if the woman had attacked him or if she scratched him while trying to defend herself.
The electronic monitoring indicated that Gonzalez had been at his apartment for hours except for a 30 minute span that began around 3:18 a.m. when the unit said he was at 11 Rhodes St. His probation officer told police she would get a more detailed analysis of his location in the next few days.
Gonzalez was charged with second-degree assault, two counts of violation of a protective order, third-degree criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and second-degree threatening.
The woman had visible injuries to her face, said Assistant State’s Attorney during Gonzalez’s arraignment in New Britain Superior Court Monday.
Gonzalez was already the subject of two protective orders barring him from contact with the woman, police said. He has seven pending cases for a variety of crimes from domestic violence assaults to larcenies, court staff said. The woman had visible injuries to her face, said Assistant State’s Attorney LeeAnn Neal during Gonzalez’s arraignment in New Britain Superior Court Monday.
New Britain Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander issued a protective order barring Gonzalez from contact with the woman before ordering him held on $250,000 bond.
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