CT state trooper faces new charges for previous assaults, police say

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Jaime Solis, a Connecticut state trooper charged with assault, leaves Superior Court in Rockville. Vernon police charged him with additional offenses, including assault, on Wednesday.

Jaime Solis, a Connecticut state trooper charged with assault, leaves Superior Court in Rockville. Vernon police charged him with additional offenses, including assault, on Wednesday.

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VERNON — A Connecticut State Police trooper accused of hitting a woman in the face has been charged again, this time in connection with past assaults and threats, police said.

Jaime Solis, 29, turned himself in to the Vernon Police Department on Wednesday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest. He was charged additionally with two counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of second-degree threatening and risk of injury to a minor, police said in a news release.

Solis was released on $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in the Rockville section of Vernon on Thursday.

Police previously charged Solis on Monday with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a minor.

After the first charges, state police suspended Solis’ police powers and placed him on administrative duty until criminal and internal affairs investigations conclude. State police said on Wednesday that Solis’ powers remain suspended and he will stay on administrative duties pending the active investigations.

The new charges stem from incidents of past assaults and threats. The woman estimated Solis assaulted her at least 40 times in the past year, including shoving her, punching her in the stomach and hitting her with a belt. She provided video and photographic evidence to police as well, according to Solis’ arrest warrant Wednesday.

Police first arrested Solis on Monday after a domestic violence assault that evening. Police allege Solis hit a woman in the face while she was holding a baby, causing a “severe laceration above her left eye that will likely require stitches.”

Police later said the woman received 13 stitches at the hospital to close the wound.

The woman went to police Tuesday evening to report past domestic violence incidents. She told police that Solis has physically assaulted her dozens of times.

“Many of the incidents occurred when I attempted to stick up for myself, which started verbal arguments,” she told police, according to the warrant. “The verbal arguments would then escalate and Jaime [Solis] would often punch, slap, or strike me with objects including his belt.”

“Jaime also has threatened to kill me and assault me numerous times in the past,” she said, according to the warrant.

In an incident from June 2022, Solis and the woman were arguing about money. When Solis became angry, the woman started to discreetly record on her cellphone in her back pocket. In the video, the woman said she can be heard screaming just after Solis shoved her backward, according to the warrant.

Meanwhile, a child was crawling on the floor. The woman told police that, when Solis shoved her, she stumbled backward and accidentally stepped on the child’s fingers, the warrant said.

Solis then slapped her in the face, punched her in the stomach and continued to slap, shove and punch her numerous times, according to the warrant.

When police watched the video, they said they couldn’t see anything, but the sounds matched up with the woman’s recount. Police said in the warrant that they could also hear a child crying in the background.

The woman also recalled an incident that took place around Christmas 2020. When she tried to stick up for herself, Solis started to “verbally disrespect” her and pushed her backward into a washing machine, the warrant said.

When the woman tried to stand up, Solis allegedly backhanded the woman in the face, striking her near her left eye. The strike caused an open wound that bled out. Solis later went to the store to buy butterfly bandages to close the wound, according to the warrant.

The woman told police she still has a scar from the injury, the warrant said.

In another incident, the two were in an argument and hit her with a belt, brushing her arms, back, buttocks and leg. The woman also detailed how Solis has threatened, both verbally and through text, to beat her.

The Vernon Police Department is continuing to investigate Solis. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 860-872-9126.