ENFIELD — A West Haven man was charged early Sunday with multiple crimes, including first-degree burglary, after breaking into a woman’s home on Prospect Street and assaulting her, Police Chief Alaric Fox said.
The man, Xavier Torres, 44, was arrested at around 3 a.m., Fox said.
Torres was charged in connection with a domestic violence incident involving a family member who had a protective order against Torres, Fox said. The protective order prohibited him from having any contact with the victim, Fox said.
Torres was charged with third-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree breach of peace, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree strangulation/suffocation, interfering with officers/resisting arrest, engaging police in pursuit, illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspended license, violation of a protective order and property damage, Fox said.
Torres is being held today at Hartford Correctional Center in lieu of a $150,000 bond, according to the state Department of Correction’s website. He is scheduled to return to Hartford Superior Court on Dec. 17.
Torres broke into the woman’s home, punched her in the face and restrained her with his arm around her neck, preventing her from calling 911, Fox said.
Torres fled the area by vehicle when police arrived, was located and attempted to flee again and was apprehended, Fox said. In fleeing the area, Torres also struck a 2003 Honda Pilot parked on the street, Fox said.
The woman was treated by emergency personnel and had marks on her consistent with the described assault, but was not taken to the hospital, Fox said. The assault was committed in the presence of two children, who were not harmed, Fox said.
Torres had previously been convicted of various crimes, including operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license in 2015, violation of a protective order in 2016, third-degree assault in 2016, first-degree criminal trespassing in 2017 and third-degree burglary in 2019, according to the Judicial Department’s website.
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