BRATTLEBORO — A local man was held without bail by Windham Superior Court Criminal Division on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping, including bodily injury or fear.
Mark LaValley Sr., 46, of Brattleboro, was arrested on July 11 by the Brattleboro Police Department for aggravated assault and kidnapping that were reported on May 15. Officer Matt Petlock received a phone call that day from an individual who reported that her daughter had received Facebook messages from the victim, stating he was assaulted and held against his will. According to court documents the caller said the victim looked like he had been "roughed up."
"Off. Petlock said (the victim) had an extremely swollen face, nose and he observed fresh blood to have been dripping from his nose," stated the affidavit.
According to the affidavit the victim was driven to the top of Living Memorial Park and then parked across from the Kiwanis shelter to smoke marijuana and cigarettes with two other individuals inside the vehicle. The victim told Petlock that LaValley pulled him out of vehicle and struck him in the face with a closed fist. According to the victim's statement, LaValley said the victim had hit LaValley's child, and that "he was sorry and he didn't want to have to do it, but he had to." The victim states that LaValley then struck him in the face again with a closed fist.
Next, according to court documents, the victim resisted LaValley, but he physically pushed the victim to the back seat of LaValley's vehicle, where the child safety lock was engaged. LaValley's friend accompanied them in the car and LaValley drove to the Super 8 Motel. When LaValley and his friend exited the vehicle at the motel, they left the victim inside the car, where the victim said he was unable to escape. When LaValley and his friend returned to the car, LaValley then drove to the victim's car, which was parked near Price Chopper. The victim reported that LaValley shuffled through the victim's vehicle before letting him out. The victim then sat on the ground next to his car for an unknown amount of time, reporting that he may have passed out.
"On June 14, 2016, I received the medical records from (the victim's) visit the day of the assault," Petlock wrote in the affidavit. According to court documents, the victim suffered several facial fractures.
On Monday, July 11, LaValley was located at 85 Chestnut Street West in Brattleboro and was taken into custody. LaValley told police that the victim had beaten up his child "two days in a row." According to LaValley, the victim was already outside of his car when LaValley approached the top of Memorial Park. He claimed that he pushed the victim "a little" and did punch the victim because he was "just defending his child and was sick of (his son) being beat up by (the victim)."
According to the court documents, LaValley also stated that the victim entered LaValley's vehicle on his own will.
"LaValley said he just wanted to scare (the victim) because he had been beating up his son," Petlock wrote in the affidavit.
LaValley has been previously convicted in Vermont with escape from custody or furlough, sale or delivery of cocaine, driving under the influence, grand larceny, burglary and possession of stolen property.
He was ordered held without bail.
Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311 ext 275.