SHELTON, Conn. — A 29-year-old man was charged with home invasion and assault after breaking into a Shelton home and assaulting his ex-girlfriend and slamming her head into the ground, police said.
Shelton police received a 911 call at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday about a dispute in a backyard on Howe Avenue.
Patrol officers arrived and found a 23-year-old woman lying on the ground with serious injuries, police said.
The female victim told police she was in her home with a friend when her ex-boyfriend, Jesse Smith, broke into the house. He was wearing a bandana on his face and dragged her down the stairs and into the backyard, police said.
In the yard, Smith struck her in the head several times and slammed her head on the ground, police said, then fled.
The woman was transported to St Vincent’s Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Shelton Patrol Units, detectives and K-9 units from Shelton and the State Police canvassed the downtown area.
After a lengthy search, Smith was found hiding in the Housatonic River, police said. He was arrested and charged with home invasion, second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Smith was held on $50,000 bond and will be arraigned in Derby Superior Court on Thursday.