Kwesi C. Wilson, 27, pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court to first degree aggravated domestic assault, first degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, larceny from a person, and misdemeanor interference with access to emergency service. A bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
According to an affidavit by Winhall Police Officer Anthony Carroccio, on Saturday at 8:16 a.m. he was dispatched to the Long Trail parking lot on Route 11/30 where three hikers met a woman who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Wilson.
The woman told police she left the Pinnacle Lodge where she was staying with Wilson because he was upset with her over her supposedly cheating on him. Wilson came after her, accusing her of taking his money. He grabbed her shirt and dragged her around the lodge's parking lot, then grabbed her face, she said. At that point she tried to call police on her cell phone, but Wilson took it back inside his room. She followed him into the lodge, another altercation ensued and a knife fell from Wilson's pocket, which he picked up and "acted like he was going to stab me," the woman said. Once Wilson was in his room, she pounded on the door trying to get her phone back.
She said Wilson opened the door and there was another fight, during which she was strangled, punched in the chest and jaw, and thrown on the bed where Wilson made a stabbing motion at her with his knife. "When he held the knife over me I was scared for my life," she told police. "I thought he was going to kill me."
Wilson has physically abused her in the past, she said.
Carroccio wrote that Wilson was arrested, but the affidavit contained no mention of police asking him for a statement or him giving one.
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