Meriden man faces charges in Southington altercation involving machete

Published on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 19:33
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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SOUTHINGTON - A Meriden man faces a home invasion charge after allegedly brandishing a machete during a domestic altercation on Saturday in Southington, where police allege he entered an apartment and assaulted a woman.

Christopher Figueroa, 35, was allegedly mad that a woman he pays rent for and has dated in an on-again, off-again fashion had another man at her apartment, according to the police report.

Figueroa has been accused of striking the man’s vehicle with a machete after abruptly showing up to the woman’s Southington apartment on Saturday, around 11:52 a.m., the report continued.

The man said he had met the woman the night before, when she asked that he visit her on Saturday. Not long after getting to the apartment, the police report said, the man heard Figueroa pounding at the front door.

Upon going outside, the man said Figueroa, who had a machete in his hand, came at him and, at one point, struck his vehicle.

After the man ran away from the apartment, calling the police, Figueroa allegedly entered inside. When police arrived, he was ordered at gun point to exit the apartment.

Police found the woman still inside the apartment. Officers in their report said she had fresh scratches and cuts on both of her arms, which were bleeding, “suggesting that an assault had taken place.”

The woman initially declined medical attention. But after experiencing head and back pain, accompanied by red marks around her neck that became increasingly visible, the woman agreed to be taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial Campus.

The woman did not wish to give police a statement, according to the report.

Figueroa told police he was upset when he suspected the woman had another man over her apartment, a unit for which he pays.

He admitted to grabbing a machete and confronting the man when he arrived at the apartment, according to the report. He told police he “blacked out” after entering the apartment, the report continued.

Figueroa was held in custody over the weekend and arraigned on Monday, in Bristol Superior Court, on charges of home invasion, second-degree threatening, second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, first-degree criminal mischief and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Alfonzo Sirica, a public defender, said during the arraignment Monday that he doesn’t believe Figueroa should be facing a home invasion charge, as he is the lease payer for the apartment.

Judge John Cronan conceded that the home invasion charge may not stick, but said he was more disturbed by the allegations involving a machete.

Cronan set bail at $25,000, which was posted after the hearing.

The case has been transferred to the courthouse in New Britain, where Figueroa is scheduled to appear on Aug. 12.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 19:33. Updated: Tuesday, 30 July 2019 19:36.