Pownal man faces new felony assault chargesBy Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | November 08,2012BENNINGTON — A Pownal man who has a trial pending for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was arraigned on two new felony charges of domestic assault against a teenager who has a pending charge of her own for allegedly attempting to get witnesses against the man to change their stories.
Anthony M. Coon, 23, of Pownal, pleaded innocent in Bennington criminal court on Monday to two felony counts of second-degree aggravated domestic assault, a felony count of unlawful trespass into an occupied home and four misdemeanor counts of violating the conditions of his release from custody.
Coon was ordered held without bail.
In an affidavit, Trooper Christopher Burnett, of the Vermont State Police, said he was dispatched to Pownal on Saturday around 2:15 a.m. for a citizen dispute.
Burnett said when he reached the area, Gail Stickle, 18, of Pownal, came running to police “screaming (that) someone was going to hurt her.”
Police found Coon on the roof of Stickle’s home, where they believe he was attempting to hide from them, and took him into custody.
According to police, Stickle told them that Coon had come to her home uninvited and refused to leave. She said he pushed her which caused her to fall back and hit her head on a television.
While Stickle said she managed to get out of the home, she said Coon chased her down, threatened her with a broom and told her he was going to get a knife.
Burnett said Coon’s behavior from the time police took him into custody in Pownal until they brought him to the Vermont State Police barracks in Shaftsbury for processing was “erratic” and said he was “at times civil and cooperative and then verbally (combative.)”
Police believed Coon had been drinking but he would not give them a breath sample. The violations of conditions of release with which Coon was charged included breaking a 24-hour curfew, contact with Stickle and refusing to submit to an alco-sensor.
Coon was due in court Tuesday for a hearing based on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon filed against him in June.
In that case, police said they had gotten statements that Coon had been at Stickle’s home on June 10 and made threats. Two people told police they had seen Coon with a rifle although no one said Coon had actually pointed it anyone.
When the rifle was found, it was not loaded and was secured with a gun lock, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Bennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Robert Plunkett, who is prosecuting the case, said on Tuesday that Coon wanted to move ahead with his trial on the charges filed in June so there would be no delay in an attempt to combine the two cases.
In August, Stickle was charged with a felony count of obstructing justice after police said they learned she had called two of the people who were witnesses to the June incident and attempted to get them to change the story they gave to authorities.
The charges against Stickle are still pending.
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