BENNINGTON -- A New York man will be held without bail until at least Nov. 5 after he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend on their way back from a party.
Vincent Constantino, 48, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to first degree aggravated domestic assault, and misdemeanor domestic assault. A bail hearing began Tuesday to see what, if any, conditions he could be released under but it was continued until Nov. 5.
According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Elliot Justinger, on Oct. 12 at 10:25 p.m. he was sent to speak with a woman at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. The woman said she had been at a party with Constantino in Woodford, and they left because he was upset. They had been dating until recently. She said Constantino told her to get out of his vehicle, then punched her when she refused. He then dragged her from the vehicle, punched her again, and threw her down an embankment. She climbed back up and the actions were repeated a number of times until another car came up bearing two people who took her to the hospital. Where Constantino was, she said she did not know.
Justinger wrote that he saw a cut on the woman's forehead and according to her she had one on the back of her head as well.
Four days later, the woman told an investigator assigned to the Bennington County State's Attorney's Office that Constantino held his forearm over her throat during the incident, cutting off her ability to breathe.
At the hearing Tuesday, Trooper Lauren Ronan, who was assigned to locate Constantino, said she was able to make phone contact with him and he agreed to come to the Shaftsbury barracks, however he called later to cancel saying he would not speak to police without a lawyer.
Constantino's attorney, Dan McManus, made it known to the court that his client did turn himself in upon finding a lawyer.
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