Newtown man pleads not guilty to assaulting parents

DANBURY — The 24-year-old Newtown man accused of assaulting his parents and causing havoc in their home last month pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

James MacDonald is charged with first-degree arson, second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, second-degree threatening, first-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident on Castle Meadow Road the morning of Aug. 10.

MacDonald was arrested after police responded to a report of a domestic assault in progress at the residence MacDonald shared with his parents.

Police found MacDonald crouched in the backyard of the home and determined he had “become involved in a physical altercation with his parents,” said Lt. Aaron Bahamonde.

The victims said MacDonald “flew into a rage for some unknown reason and began to damage the house, including lighting a pillowcase on fire,” according to police.

They claimed he also pointed a .22-caliber air rifle at one of them and pulled the trigger. When it failed to fire, they said, he struck one of them in the head with the rifle.Both victims were treated on scene by Newtown Ambulance personnel, and MacDonald was charged with what Bahamonde described as “some very serious charges.”MacDonald is being held on $100,000 bond and represented by attorney […]

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