$50K bail for man accused of New Year's Day knife threats

BENNINGTON — A New York man is being held on $50,000 bail after an altercation at an Elm Street home early New Year's Day in which he allegedly assaulted three people and threatened them with a knife.

Noah J. Martin, 24, of Gloversville, pleaded not guilty in Bennington criminal court on Tuesday to a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and misdemeanor domestic assault, simple assault (two counts) and violating release conditions.

Judge David A. Howard continued the $50,000 surety bond or cash bail he set after Martin's arrest early Monday morning. As of Wednesday evening, Martin was listed as detained in Rutland prison.

Police were called to the 300 block of Elm Street at about 3:30 a.m. for a report of an intoxicated, belligerent person in a home, according to a court affidavit by Bennington police. Officers met a man walking away from the home, identified as Martin, who told them he was punched twice in the face; he declined medical attention.

Officers spoke to the home's two residents and five guests, one of whom Martin was in a relationship with. They were told Martin discovered a message on his boyfriend's phone and began to "flip out," and began to kick his sleeping boyfriend in the head.

A male guest told officers that Martin "pulled a knife out of his pocket, held it up, and stated he was going to stab and kill everyone," according to the affidavit.

A female guest told police she was able to take the knife away from Martin, who then ran out of the house. When Martin returned 20 to 30 minutes later, he began to fight with the man and punched him in the face multiple times. At one point, Martin also punched the woman in the face, according to the affidavit.

Police located a folding knife that measured about five-to-six inches above a kitchen cabinet and logged it as evidence.

Both the man and woman sustained minor injuries to their faces and declined medical treatment.

Martin does not have a criminal history in Vermont, but does in New York. Court records show convictions for assault and menacing in 2015 and 2016.

Martin will return to court on Jan. 17.

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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