Judge holds assault suspect without bail
Assault suspect held without bail
A Whitehall, N.Y., man, who was charged with breaking into a Fair Haven womanís home, holding her at gunpoint and choking her, was ordered jailed without bail by a Rutland criminal court judge Wednesday.
Charles P. Kendall, 44, pleaded innocent in court to felony counts of burglary and aggravated domestic assault in the first degree with a weapon and misdemeanor charges of violating a restraining order and interfering with access to emergency services.
After lengthy arguments Wednesday, Judge Theresa DiMauro granted a request from Rutland County Stateís Attorney Marc Brierre to jail Kendall without bail.
DiMauro said the evidence in the case appeared to be strong and the risk to the woman he threatened was high. She also decided based on a history of contempt cases in New York courts and his failure to abide by the conditions of a restraining order, that neither bail nor court orders would remove the risk to the woman Kendall allegedly attacked on Feb. 15.
Fair Haven Police say Kendall broke into a home on North Main Street and used a .22-caliber Derringer pistol to threaten a woman who was in bed. During the break-in he allegedly demanded to see the womanís cellphone and then choked her to the point that she couldnít breathe.
Kendall was arrested by Whitehall Police in late February for being a wanted fugitive. On Tuesday, he waived extradition and was returned to Vermont where he is being held at the Rutland jail.