Suspect in Berlin Standoff Charged

A Waterbury man parole agents took into custody after a standoff at a Berlin hotel in July has been charged with trying to kill a woman and drug violations.

Berlin police received a call just after 8 p.m. on July 7 reporting a domestic dispute between guests of the Best Western Motel on the Berlin Turnpike.

After several minutes, police convinced Isaiah Boucher, 31, to release Anjelina Melillo, 21, of Wallingford, police said.

She had been stabbed and police called an ambulance to rush her to Hartford Hospital. She has since recovered.

But Boucher remained inside the hotel, with multiple knives and a stun gun, police said. New Britain's SWAT and negotiation team began negotiations, but he would not come out of his room for at least five hours, police said.

Ultimately, police used tear gas to get Boucher to come out.

Boucher was on parole until 2013 at the time of the standoff, according to the state Department of Correction Web site, and turned over to the parole agents.

On  Thursday, Boucher, was charged in connection with the hotel incident. 

Charges include criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree strangulation, first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful restraint, operating a drug factory and several other charges. 

Boucher was arraigned and held on a $750,000.00 court set bond.

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