BENNINGTON -- Manchester Police said a complaint from a woman who had left her house in her stocking feet led them to arrest her boyfriend for allegedly hitting her in the face.

Joseph A. Tisi, 42, of River Road, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court to first degree aggravated domestic assault, and a misdemeanor domestic assault charge. He will be held without bail until a hearing on Feb. 21 when the court will determine what, if any, conditions he can be released under.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police Officer Christopher Mason, on Feb. 13 at 10:22 p.m. he and Officer Paul McGann were dispatched to Maplefields at Manchester to speak with a woman there reporting she had been assaulted by Tisi.

Mason wrote that the woman was crying and not wearing shoes. She said Tisi was with her three young children at her home, from where she had fled in fear. According to the woman, Tisi had been drinking and became angry with her over his suspicions that she was using her cell phone to talk with friends. She said Tisi hit her in the face, bit her in the head, and pulled out some of her hair. He also strangled her and pushed her down.

Police saw that the woman's cheekbone was red and swollen.

Tisi was arrested and declined to give a full statement to police, but he did say the woman had made such complaints before but the case was dismissed.

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