Not guilty plea to grabbing woman

Thursday February 28, 2013

BENNINGTON -- A Depot Street man is being accused of a felony after a woman said he grabbed her and made her feel threatened.

Dylan Mone, 20, pleaded not guilty to felony unlawful restraint, and misdemeanor domestic assault. On Aug. 13 of last year he was placed on pre-approved furlough from a 12-month sentenced he received from pleading guilty to a burglary charge and is being held on the furlough revocation. He is not allowed contact with the woman.

According to a Bennington Police affidavit, on Feb. 23 police were sent to Tractor Supply Co., where a woman had come in and said she feared for her life and needed to call police. The woman told officers she had been with Mone and his father in a vehicle and the two men got into an argument. She said Mone prevented her from leaving the vehicle but eventually both got out and began walking. She said she wanted to call her mother to come pick her up but Mone would now allow her to use his phone.

She said Mone punched a stop sign at Depot and County streets, which made her afraid. She said he grabbed her and tried to pull off her sweatshirt while keeping her from running away. She said she got free and threw an engagement ring at him before going into the Tractor Supply Co. store. She said he has threatened her in the past.

Mone told police after the argument with his father the woman used a friend's phone to call her mother, but meanwhile he had procured a ride for them both. He said they argued over the ride situation and he called her a "psycho" before punching the sign. Mone said she hit him in the face then threw her ring at him, which was his, and so he asked for his sweatshirt back, which she was wearing. She refused and went into the store.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.


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