Police say Southington man attacked woman and dog

Published on Sunday, 24 June 2018 21:15


SOUTHINGTON - A local man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the beating of a woman who suffered two fractures that could result in permanent damage.

Police say Joshua Stachelek, 24, of 62 S. Center St., allegedly punched the woman in the face several times, then punched and kicked their dog after it tried to bite him to defend the woman. He also allegedly held a knife and threatened to kill both the woman and the dog.

After the assault, the woman drove to her Meriden home, from which she called police. Stachelek arrived there shortly thereafter but drove away quickly when police arrived, according to the report.

The woman was treated at Hartford Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fractured orbital bone and a fractured nose - injuries that could leave permanent damage if reconstructive surgery is not performed, doctors told police.

The woman told police the argument started between her and Stachelek at his home sometime Wednesday. The two had previously dated.

At some point, Stachelek left the house and began drinking, the woman said. Two hours later, he returned.

The woman said Stachelek took her cell phone and either slapped or pushed her, according to the report.

The woman then began packing her belongings, but Stachelek continued to slap her, the report said. Their dog then tried to bite Stachelek, and he punched and kicked the German shepherd, the report said.

He later allegedly pushed the woman’s head into a wall and, after grabbing a knife, threatened to kill her and the dog.

The victim ran outside, but Stachelek told her that she had better come back inside, according to the report. She complied, and he allegedly slapped her more and punched her at least two times, causing her to see stars, police wrote in the report.

At this point, the woman was bleeding, so Stachelek brought her into the bathroom to clean her up. While he was doing this, he told her it looked like a murder scene and that he should have just killed her, the report states.

Stachelek then insisted that the woman get into the shower, police said. Shortly thereafter, the woman got dressed and ran outside. She made it to her car and drove to her Meriden home.

Police said in the report that Meriden officers are planning to charge Stachelek with engaging police in pursuit for speeding away when officers arrived at the home.

Stachelek faces charges of second-degree assault, fourth-degree sexual assault, second-degree threatening, first-degree unlawful restraint, interfering with police and disorderly conduct.

During his arraignment Thursday, in Bristol Superior Court, state prosecutors said they are planning to charge Stachelek with cruelty to animals for hurting the dog.

Stachelek, court officials said, has previous convictions for third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and failure to appear in court. He is being held on $125,000 bond and is due back in court on July 17.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Sunday, 24 June 2018 21:15. Updated: Sunday, 24 June 2018 21:18.