KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- A Manchester man is facing a kidnapping charge after police said he assaulted his girlfriend and would not let her take her child when she fled.
Tristan C. Marcisz, 26, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Vermont Superior Court to kidnapping a victim under 16 years old, first degree aggravated domestic assault, two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault, and interference with access to emergency services. He was held without bail pending a hearing to determine what, if any, conditions he can be released on. The kidnapping charge carries a maximum life penalty.
According to an affidavit by Officer Anthony Corroccio, who works part time on both the Manchester and Winhall police departments, on Wednesday at 10:09 a.m. he was dispatched to the Bank of Bennington where a woman told him Marcisz had assaulted her. Both she and Marcisz were in the bank's parking lot yelling at each other when police arrived. The pair were separated.
The woman told police she was sleeping at her residence with Marcisz and woke up to tell him about a nightmare she had. She said she mentioned her ex-boyfriend and likened him to the Joker character from "The Dark Knight" movie. She said Marcisz got upset over this, thinking the comparison to be a compliment. He then began screaming at her and shouted, "I'm Batman," according to the woman. The argument then became physical, per the affidavit.
She said Marcisz shoved her around the room, slamming her against the walls, then strangled her. She said he shoved her face into a door when she tried to leave, and Marcisz pulled the phone from the wall. She was also pushed into her daughter, hurting the child's leg. Marcisz would not let her leave with the child, so she ran and called 911 from a stranger's cell phone.
Corroccio wrote that he saw red marks and bruises on the woman's throat, a cut on her chin and foot, and bruises on her arms.
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