Teen gets emotional after denying choking ex-girlfriend
By ERIC FRANCIS
HERALD CORRESPONDENT | November 22,2012
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Woodstock teenager has been charged with choking his ex-girlfriend and then wielding a pellet gun that looked like a real handgun while making threats against her family outside their home in Bridgewater early Tuesday evening.
Enzo Mantello, 16, pleaded innocent to three misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and menacing during a tearful appearance in court on Wednesday afternoon after which he was released to the custody of his father, a Woodstock Police sergeant, on a host of court-ordered conditions, which included a 24-hour curfew at his residence.
Vermont State Police and Windsor County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Gerard and Charmaine Boisvert residence on Gold Coast Road shortly before 7 p.m. after receiving a 911 call saying that Mantello had come there and pointed a gun at his 14-year-old ex-girlfriend and her male cousin.
“Enzo was dressed in a black jacket and black gloves and had what appeared to be a handgun in his right hand,” Gerard Boisvert wrote in a sworn statement filed with the court. “As I approached Enzo within 10 feet he told me to stay back. I told Enzo three times to put that gun away. I then said ‘Disarm that gun right now!’ He immediately put the gun away behind him.”
After the confrontation with Boisvert, Mantello allegedly tucked the weapon into the back of his pants but then warned that members of the family should “stay away from the windows” after which he drove off into the darkness on a four-wheel ATV.
Trooper Erik McNeice said that it was not until Mantello was located at short time later at his parent’s home, interviewed, and taken into custody without incident that it became clear the look-alike weapon was actually a pellet gun and not a 9mm pistol as Mantello had allegedly stated at the scene.
Sitting next to his father at the defense table, the teen wiped away tears on Wednesday as Judge Robert Gerety ordered him to stay away from his ex-girlfriend and several other individuals “except for incidental contact” at Woodstock Union High School while his case is pending.