Massachusetts State Trooper Denied Bail After Allegedly Attacking Girlfriend in New Hampshire
A Massachusetts state trooper who was arrested following an alleged attack on his girlfriend in Exeter was denied bail after an evidentiary hearing, according to a copy of the bail order obtained by Seacoast Current.
Bryan Erickson, 38, of Groveland, Massachusetts, allegedly strangled and head-butted his girlfriend during an attempted break-up at her Exeter home, per court documents, which added that Erickson is married to another woman.
He will continue to be held at Rockingham County Jail pending trial.
Erickson was originally denied bail during his arraignment on February 3 on both felony and misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence obstructing the report of a crime, reckless operation, criminal trespass, and disobeying an officer.
Police responded to a home on Cypress Way in Exeter on the morning of January 31 after a 911 call hang-up, according to an affidavit obtained by Seacoast Current. A woman answered the door and claimed that her boyfriend, later identified as Erickson, assaulted her and then left the residence, per court records.
During the attempted break-up between Erickson and his girlfriend, Erickson allegedly grabbed the woman, manipulated her wrist and forced her onto a bed, the documents say. The woman told police that she attempted to walk away before Erickson allegedly held her mouth and then threw her to the ground, per the affidavit.
The affidavit then accuses Erickson of pinning his girlfriend to the ground and strangling her "so that she could barely breathe and could not move," according to the document, which added that Erickson allegedly head-butted her twice.
The woman then told police she attempted to take refuge in the bathroom to call 911, at which point Erickson allegedly hung up the call. She also accused Erickson of being drunk and carrying a gun in his Ford F-150 truck, which Erickson allegedly used to speed away from police at 80 mph, per the affidavit.
According to the bail order signed by Rockingham Superior Court Judge Martin Honigberg, "the Court again finds that there is clear and convincing evidence of the Defendant’s dangerousness."
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