FARMINGTON — A Farmington Falls man is facing kidnapping and aggravated assault charges after he choked a woman and stopped her twice from trying to leave her home, according to court documents.

Benjamin Rush, 30, was arrested Saturday after a he got into a fight with a woman at her home early Saturday morning that escalated into him assaulting her, according to an affidavit by Officer Bill Tanner of the Farmington Police Department.

“Rush would not let (her) leave her house and actively retrieved her twice in order to assault her and terrorize her,” Tanner wrote.

When the woman first tried to leave her home by driving away, Rush got into the car while she was trying to back out of the driveway and forced her out of the car, according to Tanner.  

The woman later tried to walk away from the home, but Rush took her car, drove up to her, swore at her and told her to get into the car, according to Tanner. The woman got into the car and Rush drove her back to her house, Tanner wrote.

Police were called to the house later that day after Rush told the woman he was going to kill himself, put a loaded handgun in his mouth and threatened to shoot, according to the court documents.

Rush made his initial appearance in Franklin County Court Tuesday. He was unable to post bail, which was set at $1,500. Bail conditions include no possession of alcohol or illegal drugs, being subject to search and having no contact with the woman.

His next scheduled court date is Oct. 29.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252
[email protected]

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