Local man arrested in Danbury assault

A 50-year-old New Milford man was arrested March 30 and charged with beating and stabbing his girlfriend more than a year ago, police said.

Norman Machen of Danbury Road was charged with second-degree assault in the incident, which allegedly occurred Feb. 27, 2010 outside a Rose Street bar in Danbury.

Police said the victim, who lived with Mr. Machen, suffered a stab wound to the chest, a broken nose and other facial injuries.

Because she was afraid of Mr. Machen, she told personnel at Danbury Hospital she had been attacked on the street by two women, officials said.

The woman contacted police in October because Mr. Machen, who has a long history or arrests, was about to be released from prison and she was afraid he would hurt her again, police said.