Warren man accused of striking woman, trashing home

By Stephen Betts | Feb 15, 2017
Photo by: Knox County Jail Michael Banaszek

Warren — A Warren man remains at the Knox County Jail in Rockland after being arrested Saturday, Feb. 11, accused of striking a woman and damaging the home they shared.

Michael S. Banaszek, 30, is charged with domestic violence assault, criminal mischief, obstructing report of a crime, criminal operating under the influence, and operating without a license.

Justice Joyce Wheeler set bail for Banaszek at $1,500 cash during his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in Knox County Unified Court. That bail had been set by a bail commissioner and was recommended for continuation by the District Attorney's Office.

According to an affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the communications center received a report of a domestic disturbance in Warren and that the man had driven from the scene.

A deputy located the vehicle driven by Banaszek in Rockport. The deputy reported that Banaszek showed signs of intoxication.

At the Warren residence, the victim told deputies that Banaszek had fallen outside in the snow and came inside angry. The woman said she simply sat in a chair not saying anything and he struck her hard with his hand against her leg, according to the police report. He then pushed her down when she tried to get up, according to the affidavit.

Banaszek then damaged the couch, a table and punched a hole in the bedroom door when she went in there to hide and call police, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police that this was probably the 10th time that an incident such as this has occurred in the three years they have been together. She said when these things occur, she sends the children into their bedrooms and instructs them to turn up the television so they can't hear him yelling names at her, according to the affidavit.

Banaszek denied the allegations when he was stopped by police.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 11.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Feb 15, 2017 15:48

This is a battered woman and the syndrome goes on. Officials should take the woman and her children to the women's shelter for battered women and help her get strong enough to know how battered she is and how much damage she is doing to her children. I cannot believe authorities would leave children in such an environment anyway. As for Banaszek, they should lock him up and throw the keys away. Perhaps with education and detox he might have a life.

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