UNION — Bail was set at $2,500 cash during a Tuesday, Oct. 11 court hearing for a woman accused of pistol-whipping a man and firing a gun multiple times.

Nikalee Esposito, 32, of Union, was arrested Sunday morning Oct. 9 and charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and violation of a condition of release.

She was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and made her initial appearance Tuesday morning in the Knox County court. Judge John Martin accepted a bail agreement reached between the district attorney’s office and defense attorney Eric “Rick” Morse. Esposito can be released by posting $2,500 cash bail. She would then be under house arrest at her parents’ home in Brooks with the ability to leave the house for medical appointments, court hearings and Sunday morning church services.

According to an affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with the court, officers were called to a reported domestic disturbance at a residence on the Middle Road in Union shortly before 4 a.m. Oct. 9. The male victim told police he returned home earlier to find the woman had passed out while drinking and it appeared there had been a party.

He said he then was attempting to put a child to bed when the woman awoke and started punching the man and demanding her cell phone that he had taken. The man said out of frustration he threw her phone outside in the yard.

Esposito then came downstairs with a gun and demanded her phone back and pointed the Glock 43 at him numerous times in between pistol-whipping him. He said he went outside and looked for her phone and she followed him and fired the weapon at least twice.

When officers arrived, Esposito claimed the man had been saying “mean/terrible” things to her and took her phone and threw it outside, according to the affidavit. She admitted to firing a gun, according to the police report.

The violation of a condition of release is based on her being released on bail for a December 2021 incident in which she was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest. Conditions of that release included that she not commit additional criminal conduct and not consume alcohol.