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Westerly man facing domestic charges

WAKEFIELD — A Westerly man pleaded not guilty to domestic assault charges before 4th Division District Court Judge Madeline Quirk Tuesday.

Jason A. Rathbun, 37, of 15 Summer St., Apt. 2, entered the plea to misdemeanor Westerly police charges of domestic simple assault/battery and domestic disorderly conduct.

Westerly Sgt. Robert Warner said police responded to a home on Pleasant Street Monday after receiving a report of a female screaming for help. Police responding to the scene said they found Rathbun on top of the alleged victim, “forcefully holding her down on the couch and shaking her.”

A police officer said that as he attempted to forcefully remove Rathbun from the woman, he fought the officer’s efforts to remove him and physically pushed back. Police said after a brief struggle, he was handcuffed. Police said when asking questions of the parties involved, they refused to cooperate. The woman’s injuries, clear red marks on her stomach and arms, were photographed for evidence, police said.

Police said the woman, whom Rathbun said he had a substantial dating relationship, refused medical treatment.

Rathbun was held at the station overnight for his appearance in court on Tuesday.

— A.J. Algier


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