A man is accused of beating his ex-girlfriend with a curtain rod because he couldn’t find a screwdriver in a messy drawer.
State police said they arrested John Calash, 37, after they found him hiding in the woods behind the victim’s home in Bethany.
Troopers said they were called to the home on Fairwood Road around 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The victim was found to have injuries to her head and face, but refused to be transported to a hospital.
The victim stated that it started with her attempting to fix the curtain rod. She said Calash had been looking for the screwdriver to help.
Calash complained that a drawer he’d been searching in was unorganized.
The victim told state police that she asked Calash to do something about it and that’s when the suspect became upset.
The argument happened in front of Calash’s daughter, according to troopers.
Calash allegedly bashed her head with the rod.
When the suspect was finished, the victim said she called her brother and his friend.
The brother was allegedly told by Calash that if anyone in the family called 911, they wouldn’t see the victim again.
The family friend dialed 911 anyway, state police said.
When troopers arrived, they found the victim outside with her brother and their friend. However, Calash refused to answer the door.
State police were given verbal permission to enter the residence, but determined the suspect wasn’t there.
A K9 unit tracked Calash to a spot about 200 yards away from the home.
After his arrest, state police said he admitted to knocking the victim with the curtain road, but didn’t mean to hit her.
He also said that he and the victim “had words” beforehand and that he had threatened to call the Department of Children and Families.
Calash was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer and second-degree threatening.
He was given a $100,000 surety bond and scheduled to face a judge in New Haven on Monday.
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