NEWBURYPORT — A Peabody man who led Rowley and state police on a three-hour foot chase after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and another woman early Tuesday morning will remain behind bars until his next court date after a Newburyport District Court judge yesterday deemed him too dangerous to be released on bail.
Michael V. Vinagro, 34, was charged with domestic assault and battery, assault and battery and intimidating a witness and is due back in court May 21, for a pretrial hearing. A jury trial has been scheduled for June 4, should proceedings reach that point. Judge Peter Doyle’s decision to hold Vinagro without bail came after a dangerousness hearing that included testimony by his alleged victims.
According to the report of Rowley police officer Jesse Mazzie, Vinagro was visiting his girlfriend when an argument broke around 3:15 a.m. over the use of her cellphone. The victim claimed Vinagro took not only her phone, but also a credit card and her car keys, and would not give them back.
Vinagro then became angry and pushed her against a wall and onto the floor. A woman who was sleeping in another room checked to see what was happening and saw the victim being pinned to the hallway floor. The witness tried to break the two apart, which prompted Vinagro to punch her in both eyes and choke her. He then fled the scene still in possession of his girlfriend’s items, Mazzie wrote in his report, adding that Vinagro is known to be violent and bipolar.
A state police K-9 unit, local police and Georgetown police began an expansive search of the surrounding area. At one point, police believed Vinagro may have run through heavy brush in the area of the Jewett Street and Wethersfield Street bridge.
Police began receiving multiple calls about a man running through backyards in that area.
In August 2013, Vinagro was arrested by Nashua, N.H., police and charged with felony second-degree assault and numerous simple assault charges, all misdemeanors, stemming from another alleged domestic dispute.
Based on Vinagro’s previous record and the police claim that he is bipolar, Doyle ordered him held without bail, according to court records.