Man pleads innocent to simple assault

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to misdemeanor charges of simple assault and resisting arrest after he allegedly struck a man at a Route 7 South home and inflicted injuries upon himself while intoxicated on Dec. 3, 2014.
Vermont State Police Trooper Timothy Hanley was called to the Salisbury home at around 7 p.m. that evening on a report that Christopher Zeno, 47, was drunk, punching walls and had cut himself, according to court records. The victim told police that he and Zeno had gotten into a dispute and that Zeno had allegedly punched him in the head, according to VSP.
Upon his arrival, Hanley reported Zeno to have been “vulgar, loud, pointing his finger at me and trying to get in my face,” according to court records. “I noted that his shirt and face were covered in blood.”
Hanley noted “numerous lacerations on Zeno’s left forearm” and other signs consistent with self-harming, according to court records.
When authorities tried to take Zeno into custody, he allegedly resisted being handcuffed by holding onto a desk with his right hand, according to Hanley’s court affidavit. Zeno allegedly shouted obscenities while being led out of the home, according to court records.
Authorities took Zeno to Porter Hospital for treatment of his injuries and then to receive detox services in Chittenden County, according to court records.

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