BRATTLEBORO — A Washington man was held without bail after pleading not guilty to first and second degree assault charges.
Daniel L. Larkin, 35, was arraigned at Windham Superior Court Criminal Division on Dec. 9. He is facing a maximum of 15 years in jail and $25,000 in fines for aggravated domestic assault in the first degree and five years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines for aggravated domestic assault with prior conviction in the second degree.
Brattleboro Police Department said officers were called to Putney Road for a report of an assault in which a female claimed she was kicked out of a vehicle. The victim said she was feeling head and stomach pain.
Officer Amy Hamilton said she saw the victim walking, "hysterically crying."
"(Victim) was holding her face in her hands," Hamilton wrote in an affidavit. "(Victim) stated 'he (Larkin) beat me up all over.' When she was asked how she got out of the vehicle, she stated 'he threw me out and punched me in the face' then 'he kicked me in the stomach when I was on the ground.' (Victim) advised he banged her head off the ground three times."
Hamilton said she observed a large bump forming over the victim's left eye and both the victim's eyes were black and blue. Also noted was bruising on both sides of the victim's neck.
The victim said the fight began in her hotel room at Motel 6, where Larkin allegedly choked her and struck her head against the wall causing a loss of consciousness.
"(Victim) advised she did not know how long she had been unconscious. (Victim) advised Larkin caused damage to the hotel room, breaking the bathroom door. She advised he removed the door from the room and put it in his vehicle," Hamilton wrote. "She advised he has assaulted her before, one time breaking her nose."
When asked whether there was reasoning behind the latest incident, the victim said Larkin told her he wanted to make her ugly and told her she wasn't special.
Police found the bathroom door at the hotel was missing and saw several pills scattered around the room. A be-on-the-lookout was issued for Larkin, who was stopped by Vermont State Police on I-89 in Royalton for speeding over 95 miles per hour. He was arrested for driving under the influence and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.