Bristol man charged in domestic dispute
A Bristol man is being held on $50,000 surety bond at the Adult Correctional Institutions after allegedly beating up his girlfriend last Saturday.
Robert V. August, 40, of 40 Duffield Road, was arrested on two felony charges of domestic assault by strangulation and domestic assault with a blunt object on Jan. 25.
According to the police report, August's girlfriend of six months filed a report on Sunday, alleging that Mr. August had physically assaulted her the night before. She told police that he had punched her several times in the face, bit her and put his fingers in her mouth and stretched it open, causing her lips to bleed.
She told police she was afraid to leave, "fearing that that would only cause August to get angry again."
The two then fell asleep, the report states.
The following morning, Jan. 26, as Mr. August's girlfriend got up to leave, he allegedly attacked her again, punching her in the face and back. As a result, she told police that she fell to the floor.
She told police that Mr. August allegedly put a choke hold on her, and then put a white braided rope around her neck and tried to strangle her.
"I thought he was going to snap my neck at one point," she told police.
She also told police that Mr. August had allegedly told her in the past that "he would kill me before he would let me leave him."
After that assault, she later fell asleep, the report states. When she awoke, Mr. August allegedly apologized to her profusely, telling her that he did not deserve to live.
According to the report, Mr. August's girlfriend told police that he took an unknown amount of her medication, only to vomit later as a result. He agreed to go to a hospital in Providence, and she drove him there.
After dropping him off, she filed a domestic violence report with the Bristol Police Department. Police searched the crime scene and allegedly found blood on the bed sheets and a sweatshirt, which Mr. August's girlfriend said she was wearing at the time. According to the report, she also showed signs of abuse: She had two black eyes and numerous marks on her face and neck.
This is not the first time Mr. August has been charged with domestic violence-related crimes. He was sentenced to a total of seven-and-a-half months in jail between 2002 and 2005 for domestic disorderly conduct and violating a protective order.