NEW BRITAIN - A New Haven man was arrested after allegedly strangling and punching a victim in the face, and not stopping when police arrived to the scene, according to police reports.
Johnathan Cruz, 38, of New Haven, was charged Friday, May 3 with disorderly conduct, violation of protective order, third-degree assault of an elderly or other victim, interfering with an officer/resisting, third-degree strangulation/suffocation and first-degree criminal trespass.
Cruz went to the home of the victim within the city and confronted her about missing items, Lt. Jeannette Portalatin said. The two began to argue and the victim then tried to walk away.
Cruz then grabbed the victim, Portalatin said. He began to strangle her and punch her in the face.
The victim broke free and was able to call 911, Portalatin said. When police arrived they broke the two up, but then Cruz tried going at it again with the victim.
Police broke the two up again and then arrested Cruz, Portalatin said. He had a protective order against the victim.
Cruz is next scheduled to appear in court on June 5. He remains in custody with bond set at $75,000 for this case and $2,500 for a failure to appear on other charges.
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