Bristol man charged with holding knife to girlfriend's throat

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A Bristol man is facing several domestic charges after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the head and held a knife to her throat.

Bradford James Cutler, 24, of Lincoln Avenue in Bristol, is charged with felony domestic assault, simple domestic assault and domestic assault by strangulation after an argument with his girlfriend on April 21 reportedly turned violent.

The couple were arguing after a night drinking with friends when Cutler allegedly punched the victim in the back of the head twice when she turned to answer her cell phone. Previously, she had been provoking Cutler, telling him to "hit me, hit me," according to reports.

The woman sought treatment for a raised contusion to the back of the head. While at the hospital, she reportedly told police about another violent incident with Cutler a few days before. During another argument, the woman told police, she had picked up a plastic butter knife. Cutler, according to reports, responded by grabbing a real knife, shoving the woman onto the bed and holding the knife to her throat.

Officers responded to Cutler's home, where they arrested him and found the knife allegedly used in the attack.

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