BARRE — A Montpelier man is accused of beating someone unconscious.

Aaron Michael Bosh, 26, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of possession of a depressant. If convicted, Bosh faces a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison. He was ordered held at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury on $2,500 bail.

Officer Michael Reale, of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit a male was reportedly unconscious and bloody near South Main Street Tuesday. Reale said the caller reported the male was on the train tracks.

He said he arrived on scene and located the victim and a witness. The witness, who was crying, told Reale Bosh had assaulted the victim and left on foot.

Reale said police located Bosh on Metro Way and Bosh had a cut on his forehead and blood under his nose. He said Bosh also had blood on his hands. Bosh told Reale he had fallen on the tracks and hit his head. Reale said based on the evidence they had Bosh was taken into custody for aggravated assault.

He said when Bosh was searched police found pills in a bag Bosh had which Bosh said where muscle relaxers. Reale said the pills were a depressant and Bosh told police he didn’t have a prescription for them.

Reale said the victim was taken to Central Vermont Medical Center for treatment for his injuries. He said the victim gave police a statement saying when Bosh punched him it felt like “a sledgehammer.” He told Reale it felt like someone had beat him with a sledgehammer to the side and back of his head. He told police he believed Bosh had something in his hand to act as a weapon when hitting the victim.

The witness told Reale she was walking with the victim when she turned around and saw Bosh attacking the victim. The witness told police she and the victim were looking for a place to sleep for the night when the victim got into an argument with Bosh. She told police she believed the fight started over a past relationship.

eric.blaisdell @timesargus.com

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