PLAINVILLE - A local man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman.
Danny Rojas, 42, of 100 Norton Park Road, is facing domestic violence charges of first-degree unlawful restraint, first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, third-degree assault of a pregnant person, second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct, fifth-degree larceny and illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.
According to the police report, Rojas and the female victim - who has not been identified - argued in a local apartment Monday night, which triggered the physical violence. The woman called 911 at about 10:24 p.m.
When police arrived at the apartment, Rojas had already left. He was found nearby in a vehicle and detained while officers investigated.
The victim, who is about four months pregnant, said Rojas at some point grabbed her by the neck and pinned her down onto a bed, according to the report. She was able to escape after several seconds and began screaming, which alerted her daughter that something was wrong, she said.
The daughter then began banging on the door to the room where the victim and Rojas were, but he opened the door and would not let her in, the report alleges. He then told the victim that, after she gives birth to her child, he would have someone else assault her, she alleges.
Rojas allegedly then knocked down a fan out of anger and left the room with the victim’s cell phone.
Police also spoke to Rojas about the incident, and he admitted that he and the victim had an argument, the report said. He denied any violence. Police said Rojas had the victim’s cell phone with him when they found him. Additionally, he had a baton similar to that of what police officers carry around in his vehicle.
The victim, who had scratches and light bruising on her neck, declined medical treatment.
Rojas was held overnight and arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said his criminal history includes several convictions of assault and other offenses, including failure to appear in court, violation of a protective order and sale of narcotics. He was ordered held on $50,000 bond and issued a protective order that bars him from contacting the complainant or coming within 100 yards of her.
Rojas, who did not enter a plea Tuesday, is due back in court Oct. 13.
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