Wednesday November 7, 2012

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A Bennington man was held without bail Monday after being accused of threatening a woman with a knife, slamming a broken door into her leg, and biting her.

Quondell Knight, 25, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of first degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, and two counts of second degree aggravated domestic assault.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Police Trooper Justin Walker, on Nov. 3 at 12:28 a.m. he and two other troopers were dispatched to a home on East Arlington Road where a woman had called from to say Knight had assaulted her and left in a friend’s vehicle.

Walker said when he spoke to the woman she appeared to have been crying and her clothes were wet and smelled like alcohol. He said she told him this was because Knight had thrown beer on her. She said Knight had come over to her house earlier for a visit and began drinking. She said she was in her room when Knight entered and made a stabbing motion toward her pillow while holding a knife. She said Knight asked if this scared her. She said she asked him to leave and this was when a loud argument started.

The woman said they moved about the house as they argued, and that Knight broke a door and slammed it in front of her, causing it to cut her shin. She said she was by a couch when he bit her on the back. She told police she has been in a relationship with Knight and they share children together. She said Knight has been violent in the past.

According to Walker, he talked to Knight after Knight was located in a vehicle with his friend. He wrote that Knight told him he had wrestled with the woman but no one was assaulted. According to Walker, Knight admitted to playing with the knife in front of her and did say he bit her on the back although he did not say why.