BENNINGTON -- A New York man was released on conditions Monday from Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division for allegedly beating up a relative.
Timothy S. Harris, 49, of Hoosick, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to first degree aggravated domestic assault. He is not allowed contact with his alleged victim.
According to an affidavit by Trooper Justin Walker, of the Vermont State Police, on Friday at 6:35 p.m. he was dispatched to Buck Hill Road in Arlington for a reported fight between two men.
When he arrived he spoke to a man who said he and Harris had been in an argument that day over something the man had said to a girlfriend of Harris’ that had been misconstrued. He said Harris came over and began hitting him with a closed fist. He said he pulled a knife on Harris to scare him off, but Harris took it, broke it, and tossed it away, then resumed the attack. The man said he was knocked out at one point, and came to and tried to defend himself.
Harris told police the man lives with him at his home, but was at Arlington that day with other people. He said the man had been speaking to him over the phone over the course of the day and was trying to instigate a fight. He said he went to Buck Hill Road to confront him and tell him he wanted him to move out.
Harris said the man initiated the fight, and pulled the knife in an attempt to stab Harris’ leg, but he got the knife away from the man. The fight continued until Harris was able to leave, he said.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.