Martin Landgrebe, a judge at Connecticut’s Housatonic Probate District Court, was taken into custody last week after a woman who has not been named by authorities hesitantly divulged that the judge attacked her.
According to The Connecticut Post
, the judge and the woman were together drinking at a local establishment on August 8 before he took her to her home.
The two then had a disagreement culminating in Landgrebe pinning her down in the grass behind her home by holding her throat, the publication noted from court documents.
She reportedly first asked help from a neighbour telling them that she was attacked and needed a ride to the hospital.
It appears she was not brought to the hospital after asking for help, but the authorities responded to a 911 call placed by the neighbour and found the woman walking along a local road.
Initially refusing to cooperate, the woman eventually named Landgrebe and told the police she was afraid of the judge because of his “connections” and because he could “make her disappear.”
She was reportedly so afraid she wrote notes which she dropped out of her bedroom window saying “Help please help me… Marty Landgrebe murdered me.”
The woman did, however, say that the attack was completely out of character for the judge, The Connecticut Post
For his part, told police that he was defending himself and that he also sustained injuries. He said he was helping the woman up the stairs when she began to scream and bolted out of the house.
The judge said he even gave the woman his phone because she wanted to call a former relative. An affidavit said that the former relative indicated the woman had a history of erratic behaviour when drinking.
A sitting judge in the US state of Connecticut has been arrested after allegedly attacking a woman she initially met at a local bar.