Southington man, charged in serious assault, arrested again for allegedly contacting victim

Published on Monday, 23 July 2018 16:04
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

SOUTHINGTON - A Southington man accused of viciously beating a woman in March, when he allegedly held a knife to her throat and tried throwing her out the window, was arrested Sunday for allegedly contacting the victim for the third time against a judge’s orders.

Michael Lasek, 39, has been charged with calling the woman multiple times and sending her 14 text messages, state prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne said Monday at his arraignment in Bristol Superior Court. The prosecutor did not divulge the nature of the messages.

This is the third time Lasek has been charged with violating a protective order since his arrest on March 20. After that arrest, he was ordered not to contact the complainant.

“What’s clear is that Mr. Lasek will not obey the orders the court issues,” Dearstyne said Monday, describing Lasek as a “dangerous” man.

The state prosecutor also said the victim has “extreme safety concerns.”

Lasek on Monday was ordered held on $75,000 bond, and his cases were continued to Aug. 7.

According to police, Lasek on March 20 struck the victim in the face multiple times and kicked her in the stomach during a domestic dispute at the Residence Inn, at 778 West St. While in one of the rooms at the hotel, he also allegedly strangled the woman, cutting off her ability to breathe, according to police. Police allege he held a knife to the woman’s throat and tried to throw her out of the room’s window.

The victim tried to call 911 at some point, but Lasek ripped the phone from the wall and struck her in the head with it, according to police. The woman later escaped the room and was seen by hotel staff running down the hallway, as Lasek was following her, police said.

The woman was taken in an ambulance to an area hospital for injuries to her face and head.

Lasek was arrested on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree threatening, second-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree strangulation, interfering with a 911 call and second-degree breach of peace.  

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



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 23 July 2018 16:04. Updated: Monday, 23 July 2018 16:07.