Monday June 24, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A man was accused of waiting in a woman’s house Wednesday then punching her in the jaw and assaulting a man she was with when they came home.

Terrell Powell, 29, was ordered held without bail Friday after pleading not guilty in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to aggravated assault, aggravated domestic assault, and unlawful trespassing.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Amanda Thompson, on Wednesday at 1:33 p.m. she was dispatched to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for a reported assault. There she met a woman who was unable to speak from a jaw injury she had received, and a male who had bruising on his face.

The woman wrote that she and her male friend had come back to her apartment on South Street and found the lights all off and the door unlocked. She said she found Powell, her ex-boyfriend, inside and after saying he was leaving he punched her in the jaw then assaulted her friend. The woman said she was hit hard enough to fall to the floor and needed a blanket to stem the flow of blood.

Thompson wrote that the woman was still bleeding when she wrote her statement.

The male told police Powell punched the woman several times after she told him to leave, and said there have been similar instances like this in the past.

Powell told police he had been given a key by the woman and used that to get in the apartment, where he began to clean up from a party that had been held there. He said when the woman came in he told her she should not hang around people who did not appreciate her. He said the male told him to leave and used a racial slur against him, so he assaulted the male. He said he accidentally hit the woman in the face with his elbow. He said he had been dating the woman up until that point and said she was cheating on him with the other male.