Southington man charged in vicious attack of woman to undergo competency evaluation

Published on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 15:19


SOUTHINGTON - A local man charged with beating a woman who sustained two fractured bones has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation.

Joshua Stachelek, 24, of 62 South Center St., was ordered to undergo the evaluation at the request of his attorney during a hearing on Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. A clinical team will try to determine if Stachelek can understand the proceedings against him and assist in his own defense.

Stachelek, who is being held on $125,000 bond, is due back in court on Feb. 11.

During the hearing Tuesday, state prosecutor Elizabeth Moseley said she extended a plea deal to Stachelek in September and later amended the terms of the deal - which were not put on the record - in hopes of getting “some movement” on the case. She withdrew the offer on Tuesday.

According to police, Stachelek allegedly punched a woman in the face multiple times, causing her to see stars, during an attack on June 21 at his home. He has also been accused of punching and kicking their dog after it tried to bite him to defend the victim, police said. Police allege he threatened to kill both the woman and the animal while holding a knife.

Following the assault, the woman was able to get free of Stachelek and drive to her Meriden home, where she called police. Stachelek arrived at the home shortly thereafter and allegedly drove away very quickly when police arrived, according to police.

The victim was treated at Hartford Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fractured orbital bone and a fractured nose.

At one point in the attack, the victim ran outside, but Stachelek convinced her to come back inside, where he brought her into the bathroom to clean her up, as she was bleeding. While he was doing this, he told her it looked like a murder scene and that he should have just killed her, according to police.

Stachelek then insisted that the woman get into the shower, where he allegedly touched her inappropriately, police said. The woman was able to get dressed, run outside and get away.

Stachelek has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree assault, fourth-degree sexual assault, second-degree threatening, first-degree unlawful restraint, interfering with police and disorderly conduct.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 15:19. Updated: Tuesday, 15 January 2019 15:21.