SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain man who allegedly strangled a woman in Southington and stood over her while holding a large knife, sending her into an anxiety attack, appears headed for trial.
The case against Jaime Ortiz Jr., 48, was added to the trial list following a scheduled hearing in New Britain Superior Court on Tuesday.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree strangulation, first-degree unlawful restraint and third-degree assault.
A start date has not been set for a possible trial in Ortiz’s case. Having the case added to the trial list paves the way for a possible trial, but it does not preclude prosecutors and Ortiz’s attorney from reaching a plea agreement before then.
According to police, the dispute between Ortiz and the victim took place on Dec. 24, 2019, when she turned away from him, prompting him to grab her around the neck and choke her. He then allegedly threw her to the floor, got on top of her and continued to choke the woman, police said.
Police said the woman tried to get away, but she was unable to escape. Ortiz “eventually” stopped choking her, when he stood over her with a large kitchen knife and would not let her leave, according to police. The victim then suffered an anxiety attack and Ortiz called for an ambulance.
The woman was treated at an area hospital for her anxiety. Police said she suffered minor injuries that did not require treatment.
The victim reported the allegations the next day.
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