Bennington man accused of strangling woman

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Correction: The woman told police she did not want them there.

BENNINGTON — A Bennington man is accused of assaulting a woman during an argument.

Alan Osgood Jr., 24, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to felony counts of first degree aggravated domestic assault, and second degree unlawful restraint, and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment. He was held without bail on Monday, but released Tuesday under the conditions he obey a 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. curfew at a home in Pownal, not contact the woman he's accused of assaulting, or go within 300 feet of her residence.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Lauren Ronan, on Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. she, Trooper Benjamin Barton, and Bennington County Sheriff's Deputy Scott LaFountain went to a home in Pownal where they were told Osgood had abused a woman. They had been called by the woman's mother.

They found the woman in a vehicle. She looked to have been crying and said she did not want police there, nor did she call for them. She said she had been in a non-physical fight with Osgood over $200 and that he had left on foot.

Barton was told by Osgood's father that he had seen the incident, that the woman had punched his son in the face and that his son responded by strangling her for a few seconds.

LaFountain spoke to the woman's aunt, who said the woman had called her asking for help. During the conversation she heard Osgood threaten to kill her.

The woman told police Osgood did squeeze her face.

She said she had also hit him. This happened after they agreed to take their children to a relative's house. When she pulled into the driveway, Osgood shifted the vehicle into park, causing it to come to an abrupt halt. Osgood also took the keys from the vehicle so she could not leave. It was here she hit him. She said she was not sure if he put his hands on her neck, but did not think he did.

Their children, ages one and three, were in the car at the time.

Ronan said Osgood returned while police were investigating. He appeared nervous and undecided about whether he would run or stay. He did stay and was extremely emotional and upset. He sat in another vehicle and demonstrated for police his version of what happened. He admitted to squeezing the woman's neck and shifting her vehicle into park while she was driving it in the driveway. He said she hit him and showed police some slight redness on the side of his face.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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