West Haven police have arrested a 38-year-old local man accused of holding his ex-girlfriend captive for hours, assaulting her and threatening her with a knife.
Police responded to Joselito Rosario Tirado’s Canton Street home around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday to investigate a report of a domestic dispute and a woman told investigators that Tirado held her captive for more than two hours, police said.
She said he repeatedly assaulted her and hit her several times as she attempted to flee, police said.
She finally managed to escape and called police. Emergency crews then brought her to an area hospital to be treated for facial lacerations and other injuries.
Police said Tirado is on probation. He has been convicted 14 times for crimes including assaults and attempted murder, according to police.
Responding officers on Wednesday night saw Tirado running from the apartment and chased him.
The Orange Police K9 Team assisted with the chase and cornered Tirado in a wooded area behind 1088 Boston Post Road, where he surrendered, police said.
Police recovered a large knife from the apartment and said they believe it was used as a weapon during the alleged assault.
Tirado was arrested and charged with several assault charges, first-degree unlawful restraint, larceny and Interfering with police.
He was held on $150,000 bond and is due in court in Milford on August 22.