Man Accused of Violent Assault on Ex-Girlfriend in West Haven

West Haven police have arrested a man accused of a violent attack on his ex-girlfriend early Tuesday morning.

Police responded to an apartment on Elm Street at 1:50 a.m. on Tuesday to investigate an assault and the victim said she came home to find her ex-boyfriend, 36-year-old Christopher Platt, of East Hartford, with a tire iron in her apartment.

It smelled like gasoline and all the burners on the kitchen stove were on, she told police.

Platt started choking the woman and hit her several times before she was able to get away and run from the apartment, police said.

Evidence at the scene corroborated the victim’s account of what happened and police alerted other departments to be on the lookout for Platt.

East Hartford police apprehended him and transported him to the West Haven Police Station, where he was charged with threatening, burglary, stalking, strangulation, reckless endangerment and violation of a protective order.

He was held on bond.

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