Officer put on leave after beating incident

Published on Friday, 6 July 2018 22:04
Written by LISA BACKUS

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NEW BRITAIN - A Rocky Hill police officer charged with pointing a gun at a New Britain victim has been placed on administrative leave, according to Rocky Hill officials.

Jacob Boucher, 32, started his career at the New Britain Police Department as a recruit in 2009. He moved on to the Rocky Hill Police Department in 2012 where he remained until being placed on administrative leave this week following his arrest on charges he pointed a gun at a victim during an early morning incident on June 30.

According to a newly released arrest warrant, Boucher and another man called a woman living at 92 Sexton St. to see if she wanted to “hang out” at about 3 a.m. The woman’s boyfriend questioned her about the phone call, the two argued and he left the apartment, according to the warrant which was heavily redacted by city attorneys before being given to The Herald.

The woman called Boucher to confront him and told him during the conversation that she and her boyfriend had argued over the phone call, the warrant said.

Boucher and the other man showed up at her apartment minutes later. When her boyfriend returned, the other man immediately grabbed him and threw him to the floor, the woman told investigators. The other man began beating and kicking her boyfriend as Boucher pointed a gun at the victim and forcibly held her back from intervening in the attack with his other hand, she said.

Boucher was yelling “let it happen,” as she tried to stop the assault she said.

The attack finally ended when the woman was able to break free of Boucher’s grasp and get between her boyfriend and his assailant, the warrant said.

The woman took her boyfriend to the Hospital of Central Connecticut where he called the police to report the attack at about 5 a.m.

The other man and Boucher initially lied about the incident when questioned by police, the warrant said. Boucher said, “it was all a misunderstanding” and that he and the other man shook the victim’s hand before leaving, but no beating had occurred.

The woman at first didn’t want to give police a statement, so no arrests were made on June 30. But she contacted New Britain investigators July 2 after reading the preliminary police report because she was ‘upset” that Boucher and the other man “were dishonest with police,” the warrant said.

She then confirmed the victim’s version of events and explained that she had been held back by Boucher as he pointed the gun at her boyfriend.

Police obtained an arrest warrant charging Boucher with conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit threatening and first-degree unlawful restraint on July 3. Boucher turned himself in to be charged the same day.

He was released after posting $250,000 bond. He will be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court Tuesday.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or .



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Friday, 6 July 2018 22:04. Updated: Friday, 6 July 2018 22:06.