Man accused of assault with baseball bat held without bailBy Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | September 26,2012BENNINGTON — An Emma Street man is being held without bail and facing three felony charges after police said he broke a man’s hand while assaulting him with a metal baseball bat in Pownal on Tuesday.
Joshua D. Camp, 32, of Bennington, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court on Tuesday on felony charges of second-degree aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault with a weapon and burglary of an occupied home.
The domestic assault charge was modified because one of the victims had been under the protection of a court-ordered abuse prevention order at the time.
Camp was also charged with one misdemeanor count of violating an abuse prevention order and two misdemeanor charges of unlawful mischief.
Camp was ordered held without bail on Tuesday.
In an affidavit, Trooper Justin Walker of the Vermont State Police said he and Trooper Christopher Burnett were dispatched to a home on Stateline Drive in Pownal on Tuesday around 12:30 a.m.
Walker said he spoke to Camp’s ex-wife, Tina Dupuis, 34, who told him that Camp had broken into her home and assaulted her boyfriend, Charles Hannan, 37.
Dupuis told police that she and Hannan were asleep when Camp “appeared in her bedroom unannounced” after climbing in through a window. She said he yelled at her and hit Hannan with a metal baseball bat.
According to Walker, Dupuis tried to get Camp out of the house but he pushed her into a refrigerator and returned to the bedroom.
At one point during the incident, the bat hit and broke a television set, police said.
Dupuis’ son was able to get out of the home and get assistance from neighbors who got Camp outside the home.
Walker said when he spoke with Hannan, Hannan described the incident in much the same way as Dupuis.
Hannan showed police marks on his left arm and left leg. Walker said he later learned that Hannan’s left hand had been broken.
Walker said he examined Hannan’s truck and believed that Camp had vandalized it using a pool broom. Walker said he found several pieces of the broken pool broom around the truck.
The metal baseball bat was found in Dupuis’ bed and taken as evidence, police said.
According to the affidavit, Camp was found in Bennington and taken into custody. He declined to give a statement.
Camp is currently being held in the Rutland jail.
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