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Willimantic assault suspect flees to mother's house; both arrested by police

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William Ortiz and Belinda Ortiz face charges in connection with the attack of a woman in Willimantic. (Willimantic police) William Ortiz and Belinda Ortiz face charges in connection with the attack of a woman in Willimantic. (Willimantic police)
WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

A man and his mother were arrested following a domestic assault in Willimantic on Monday.

William Ortiz, 27, and his mother, 48-year-old Belinda Ortiz, face charges in connection with the attack of a woman in a Main Street home.

It happened on Monday afternoon, according to police.

Police said the woman was pushed, choked and had her cell phone knocked out of her hand to prevent a 911 call.

William Ortiz, who was eventually identified as the suspect, also kept the victim in her bedroom by blocking the doorway.

Three children were there and witnessed the attack on their mother, police said.

Police said William Ortiz is not their father.

The victim was able to scream for the children to go to a neighbor's house for protection.

When officers arrived, the suspect had already fled.

He was found at his mother's house.

During their investigation, police said they found that Belinda Ortiz had been texting and calling the victim to demand that she drop charges against her son so he wouldn't get into trouble at court.

William Ortiz resisted arrest, police said, and spit on officers who placed him in handcuffs.

He was charged with kidnapping, interfering with an officer, unlawful restraint, disorderly conduct, strangulation, interfering with an emergency call, assault on a police officer and risk of injury to a minor.

His bond was set at $75,000.

Belinda Ortiz was charged with tampering with a witness. Her bond was set at $10,000.

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