Bennington man held on felony assault charge
BENNINGTON — A Depot Street man was ordered held without bail Friday after police said he choked a woman during an argument Wednesday.
Clark W. Salmon III, 28, of Bennington, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court Friday on a felony charge of first-degree aggravated domestic assault and second-degree unlawful restraint. Salmon pleaded innocent to the charges but was ordered held without bail until a hearing can be scheduled to determine if he will be given a chance to be released pending the resolution of the charges.
In an affidavit, Sgt. Michael Plusch of the Bennington Police Department said he was dispatched to a Lincoln Street home Wednesday around 7 p.m.
Plusch said he talked to a woman who said she had a relationship with Salmon that had ended about a month ago. She said that Wednesday she confronted him at the apartment they used to share over about $450 to $500 of her money which she said he had spent.
The woman told Plusch she became angry and slapped Salmon and that he responded by choking her. She said she couldn’t breathe while his hands were around her neck and she thought she would pass out.
Afterward, Salmon would not let her leave the apartment and kept pushing her down into a chair so she couldn’t escape, she told Plusch. The incident ended when she said she planned to call a friend for help, she said.