Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A Manchester man was held without bail Monday for getting into an argument with a woman who had a restraining order against him, in which he allegedly broke her glasses and took her cell phone.

Lenon Lester, 42, pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony count of second degree aggravated domestic assault in violation of a restraining order, and misdemeanor counts of violating a restraining order, interfering with access to emergency services, and unlawful mischief.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police Cpl. James Blanchard, on Sunday at 8:12 a.m. he was dispatched to a home on Highland Avenue where a woman had called from to report she had been assaulted. There, Blanchard met Lester who said he had been in an argument with the woman inside the apartment and that she was acting "crazy."

The woman told police that around midnight she and Lester got into an argument and that he took her glasses off and broke them in half. She went to bed and the argument resumed around 7 a.m. Lester followed her into the kitchen while she repeatedly asked him to leave. When he did not, she said she would call police, but Lester took her cell phone and threw it on the floor. The woman threw dishes at Lester and attempted to hit him with a frying pan while she shouted for someone to call the police. Lester took the frying pan from her and swung it towards her without making contact.

After they separated, the woman retrieved her phone and called 911 from inside the bathroom.

The restraining order was issued in New York and forbade Lester from having any contact with the woman. Lester is scheduled for a bail hearing on Tuesday to determine what, if any, conditions he can be released on that will ensure his appearance in court and protect the public.