Saturday, August 22, 2009

Connecticut politician charged with attacking woman - she marries him 4 days later!

An Ansonia, CT, former politician was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and first-degree reckless endangerment after allegedly attacking his then fiancee while masked on July 1. Amazingly, four days after the incident, the victim went ahead and married her attacker.

Keith Maynard, 42, was charged with breaking into his home on Cook St. on July 1, at 11:15 AM and attacking Ida Marie Lucarelli after she came home from working out at the gym. According to Lucarelli, the attacker was hiding behind the door and wearing a bandanna. The attacker grabbed Lucarelli and flipped her to the ground, and started trying to stuff a pillow in her mouth. Lucarelli fought back, and the attacker started hitting her with a bat. she screamed and the attacker fled. Lucarelli was taken to the hospital for hospitalization. Wounds received included abrasions on her cheek, temple, and upper chest. Her right forearm was bruised.

Maynard initially denied any involvement in the attack and claimed he was working for the state Department of Transportation in Norwalk at the time, the chief said. A motive for the attack is unclear, [Ansonia Police Chief Kevin Hale] said.

"I've worked with Keith Maynard for many years, while he was on the board, in matters of importance to neighborhoods, both in his ward and throughout the city. and that's why this is a sad day," said Hale. "Nevertheless, we went where the facts took us."Domestic violence is a top priority for this police department. We take these matters very seriously," he added.

Maynard was arraigned Thursday, August 20, and released on $50,000 bail. His victim attended the arraignment, and he was ordered to stay away from the victim's home and turn over any firearms he had.

Maynard represented the 4th ward of Ansonia, and according to Aldermanic President Steve Blume, "came as a shock. it's also very saddening because of what that poor woman went through. I'm kind of speechless." He was seeking November re-election as a Democrat, and served on various committees, including Public Works and Economic Development. Maynard still worked for the Connecticut Department Of Transportation.

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