Domenic O’Connor of Montague faces attempted murder charge, arrested in Amherst

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
AMHERST — A Lake Pleasant man who faces attempted murder and other charges after allegedly severely beating his ex-girlfriend was arrested in Amherst Saturday night.

Domenic G. O’Connor, 33, will be charged with domestic assault and battery, intimidating a witness and attempting to commit murder, according to Montague police.

Montague Police Sgt. Christopher Williams said the alleged assault occurred in the early morning hours Thursday in O’Connor’s home, also occasionally the victim’s address, but police did not learn about the incident until Friday afternoon.

“They got into a domestic, he assaulted her, she received some bodily damage due to his punches, and when she could she reported it to us,” Williams said.

After informing police about her injuries, the woman was taken by her parents to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, where she was treated and released, Williams said.

Williams said the woman wrote a statement in which she recalls saying something to the effect of “please don’t kill me” during the alleged beating.

Montague police sought O’Connor Friday and gathered information that he was at a Montague Road home in Amherst, Williams said. Amherst police officers arrested O’Connor Saturday at 6:46 p.m. after a foot chase.

Amherst police are bringing an additional charge in the case against a 23-year-old Bridgewater man who attempted to assist O’Connor in evading police when they arrived at the Montague Road home. He will be summoned to court on a charge of obstruction of justice, said Amherst Police Sgt. Jesus Arocho.