Po­lice ar­rest pair twice in 2 days

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NEWS - BY PRESS STAFF

MIDDLETOWN — Two in­di­vid­u­als were ar­rested two days in a row fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent over where a ju­ve­nile would stay, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice news re­lease.

Po­lice re­sponded Oct. 7 to a re­port of a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers heard scream­ing com­ing from the res­i­dence and ob­served James Dubree, 28, of Toll­gate Road, Ber­lin, and Jas­mine Szostek, 31, of Love­land Street, yelling at each other in the bed­room, po­lice said.

Dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Szostek claimed she and Dubree got into an ar­gu­ment over which one the ju­ve­nile would stay with, but it es­ca­lated with Dubree re­port­edly smash­ing Szostek’s phone, push­ing her into a dresser and hit­ting her in the face, po­lice said.

Szostek said both of them had been pulling on the ju­ve­nile dur­ing the ar­gu­ment.

How­ever, Dubree claimed that dur­ing the ar­gu­ment he had at­tempted to leave with the child, but Szostek al­legedly tried to pull the ju­ve­nile from his grasp. When he got free, Szostek al­legedly punched him in the face, caus­ing a nose­bleed, the re­lease said.

Po­lice sub­se­quently dis­cov­ered there was a protective or­der in place, pre­clud­ing Dubree from as­sault­ing, threat­en­ing or ha­rass­ing Szostek, and he had al­legedly vi­o­lated the or­der.

Szostek was charged with risk of in­jury to a child, dis­or­derly con­duct and third-de­gree as­sault, while Dubree was charged with risk of in­jury to a child, dis­or­derly con­duct and crim­i­nal vi­o­la­tion of a protective or­der. Both in­di­vid­u­als were re­leased on $10,000 bail and given a con­di­tions of re­lease or­der that in­cluded no con­tact be­tween them. They were is­sued a court date of Oct. 10.

The fol­low­ing day, of­fi­cers re­sponded to Love­land Street for a well-be­ing check. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers spoke with Szostek who re­port­edly ad­mit­ted to mes­sag­ing Dubree on Face­book and showed the of­fi­cers the con­ver­sa­tion on her lap­top. In re­view­ing the mes­sages, the of­fi­cers said Dubree had al­legedly re­sponded to one of the posts, the re­lease said.

Both par­ties were sub­se­quently placed un­der ar­rest and charged with vi­o­la­tion of the con­di­tions of re­lease. How­ever, Dubree claimed the only rea­son he re­sponded was be­cause he was un­sure it re­ally was Szostek, the re­lease said.

Szostek was re­leased on $15,000 bail, and Dubree was re­leased on $10,000 bail. Both were is­sued an­other court date for Oct. 10, but at a dif­fer­ent time from the first.

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