BURLINGTON — A Massachusetts man is accused of choking a woman at a hotel in Waterbury.
Matthew P. Guillou, 31, pleaded not guilty Monday in Chittenden County criminal court in Burlington to a felony count of first-degree aggravated domestic assault. If convicted, Guillou faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. He was released on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond.
In an affidavit, Vermont State Police Trooper Darren Kennedy said a 911 call came in Friday from the Best Western Hotel in Waterbury, where a female was heard screaming and a male was heard saying, “You will listen to me.” Kennedy said he went to the room where the call came from and could hear a man and woman shouting.
Kennedy said he knocked on the door and was greeted by Guillou. Kennedy said he saw a woman crying in the bathroom.
Guillou told Kennedy he and the woman had gotten into an argument, and the victim punched him in the face and bit his finger. Kennedy said there did appear to be a bite mark on Guillou’s right ring finger. He said Guillou also had redness on his forehead where it appeared he had been hit. Guillou told Kennedy he pushed the victim to get her away from him, and denied choking her, the affidavit says.
The victim told Kennedy that Guillou got in her face. When she pushed him away, Guillou repeatedly punched her in the face, according to court records. Kennedy said there was some bruising on the left side of the victim’s face.
The victim told Kennedy at one point Guillou had gotten on top of her and started choking her. She reported she didn’t lose consciousness, but it was hard for her to breathe. Kennedy said the victim’s neck was red and had an apparent fingernail scratch. The victim told Kennedy she bit Guillou because he put his hand over her face, court papers say.