BRISTOL – A Taftville man has been accused of slashing a woman’s leg during a domestic dispute in Bristol earlier this month.
Stephen Allen, 32, turned himself in on Thursday on charges of second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.
Allen was arraigned later in the day in Bristol Superior Court, where he maintained that he acted in self-defense. He alleges that the complainant had two knives during the incident, which occurred in a Bristol apartment on June 6.
Police were called that day around 6:42 p.m. after the complainant sought treatment at Bristol Hospital for a slash wound to her leg. She told officers that Allen and her had had an argument in her apartment, when he began pushing her and refused to leave, the warrant said.
The victim said she grabbed a kitchen knife and began cutting Allen’s bag and told him she would continue to cut his things until he left. She alleges that he then charged at her, tackled her to the ground and grabbed the knife, the warrant said. He then allegedly slashed her right leg, she told police.
The woman walked to Bristol Hospital, where police were called.
Investigators were unable to get in contact with Allen prior to submitting a warrant for his arrest, the document said.
Court officials said Thursday that the complainant did not wish for Allen to be arrested. She has no safety concerns, officials added.
Allen was released on a promise to appear following his hearing. He is due back in court on July 31.
Allen has been issued a protective order that forbids him from contacting the complainant.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.