Man held after allegedly assaulting father

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BENNINGTON — A Gage Street man is being held without bail after he allegedly slashed his father's face with a knife during an altercation last weekend.

Ryan Brillon, 19, pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Monday to a felony count of aggravated domestic assault in the first degree with a weapon.

Bennington police Sgt. Joshua Stemp wrote in an affidavit that officers responded to a Gage Street home on Saturday at about 11:30 p.m. for a reported stabbing. The victim was treated at the scene by Bennington Rescue Squad and taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and received several stitches for a two-inch laceration on the left side of his face. Police seized a knife with a 12-inch blade from Brillon's bedroom.

Brillon had been out drinking with a friend before they returned to the residence together between 11 and 11:20 p.m., according to the affidavit. Brillon was reportedly intoxicated and loud when he entered the living room and an argument ensued between him and his parents. At one point, Brillon went upstairs to his room and returned with a knife, which he allegedly used to attack his father. When a family member called 911, Brillon fled the scene.

Officers located Brillon at the intersection of Gage and Safford Streets. Brillon later agreed to a preliminary breath test that showed he had a blood alcohol content of .194.

Brillon told police that he and his father have a history of arguing and that he has learned to deal with it with violence, according to the affidavit. He said he retrieved a knife from his bedroom and, when his father "charged him," they grabbed each other by the throats.

Brillon said he began stabbing the wall about a foot away from his father's head. Brillon told police he did not know how his father received the cut to his face, and that it could have been an accident during the altercation, and that he had trouble remembering what happened because he had "blacked out."

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.

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