Man accused of violent sexual assault appears in court
By WFSB Staff
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
The man being accused of brutally attacking a woman in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood faced a judge for the first time in the case Tuesday afternoon and at points emotions were charged.
Kenneth Maestas, 42, was arrested Sunday in the North End of Hartford and he's being charged with strangulation, sexual assault and keeping the woman against her will.
Hartford police said Maestas held the woman in an abandoned Broad Street home and brutally beat and raped her. Witnesses said she was found dangling from the third floor window in an attempt to jump to an adjacent balcony to escape her attacker.
She was brought to Hartford Hospital to be treated for her injuries, which included a swollen face. According to arrest papers, she was startled and traumatized upon the officers arrival.
Witnesses said her face was covered in blood. According to arrest papers, it is believed that Maestas punched her in the face before he forced the victim to the third floor where she was beaten and raped.
According to arrest papers, Maestas, who has a lengthy criminal history, left his cell phone at the crime scene, which lead police to arrest him in less than 24 hours.
"They explained to us, they found his cell at crime scene," said a woman who is related to the suspect's girlfriend, but wished not to be identified. "We thought it was a family member. It turned out not to be. We gave up his real name and location the next day. We called police, gave the keys they wanted and got him."
Maestas, who has been previously charged with statutory rape in Virginia in 1991, appeared at Superior Court in Hartford Tuesday.
The woman told Eyewitness News that Maestas has never harmed her or any of her relatives.
"I'm shocked, in disbelief and betrayed," she said. "I'm still in shock and can't believe it."
According to arrest papers, Maestas told investigators that he did not sexually assault anyone and said he was at his girlfriend's house on the night of the crime.
The attack also brings back memories for the family of Sonia Rivera. In September, Rivera was beaten beyond recognition and was left to die in an alley.
She died a few days later.
Her killer has still not been found, and now her family wants to know if Maestas is connected.
Hartford police said they are investigating that possibility and if there were other victims.
The judge raised Maestas' bond to $750,000.
Copyright 2012 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:20:54 GMT
Amy's Baking Company
Amy's Baking Company said legal and online threats have forced it to cancel a press conference Tuesday, but that it's grand reopening will take place as planned. Owners of the Scottsdale bakery, Amy andMore >
Owners of the Scottsdale bakery decided to pull the plug on a 1 p.m. news briefing Tuesday after getting a letter from a litigation law firm representing a company that produces the TV show Kitchen Nightmares. More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:43:10 GMT
Saturday night's Powerball drawing
Two $1 million Powerball second-prize winning tickets were sold in Arizona from Saturday night's record-breaking jackpot. The winning tickets, which matched five out of five numbers drawn, not includingMore >
A Phoenix woman has come forward to collect her $1 million Powerball prize and says she's planning to go on a family vacation and invest the rest of her winnings.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:07 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:07:04 GMT
Kirk Nurmi (Source: CBS 5 News)
Jodi Arias' attorney Kirk Nurmi has asked to withdraw from the case on two occasions. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisor's meeting on Wednesday is expected to include a vote to approve $200,000 beMore >
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisor's meeting on Wednesday is expected to include a vote to approve $200,000 be moved to help pay for defense attorney Kirk Nurmi's salary.More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:16:48 GMT
MOORE, OK - The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office tweeted a photo of a frightened, muddy dog Monday after the deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the town.The comment accompanying the photo said, "scared,More >
A heartbreaking photo of a little dog guarding the body of his owner, who was killed in the Moore, OK, tornado, is going viral.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:04:13 GMT
(Source: Fox 29/myfoxphilly.com)
A Utah mom found a unique punishment for her daughter after finding out she was bullying a classmate. Myfoxphilly.com reports that Kaylee, 10, was teasing another student about her clothes so much thatMore >
A Utah mom found a unique punishment for her daughter after finding out she was bullying a classmate.More >