The ex-boyfriend of a woman in Shelton is accused of seriously injuring her during a home invasion.
Police said they arrested 29-year-old Jesse Smith after the incident on Wednesday.
They said they first received a 911 call from the 23-year-old victim around 11:20 a.m.
She reported that she was at her home on Howe Avenue with a male friend when Smith broke into her house.
She said he was wearing a bandanna on his face and dragged her down the stairs and out into the backyard.
Smith then struck her in the head several times and slammed her head on the ground, according to the victim.
The suspect then fled the area.
The victim was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives and K9 units from Shelton and state police canvassed the downtown area.
Police said they found Smith hiding in the Housatonic River.
He was charged with home invasion, second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Smith was held on a $50,000 bond and set to be arraigned in court on Thursday.
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